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Malik is an assistant professor at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan, where she specializes in conflict, military sociology, South Asian affairs, human security, and disarmament. From 1996 to 1999, she was a research officer at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad. Her publications include, with Mallika Joseph, Small Arms and the Security Debate in South Asia; and, with Saira Yamin, Mapping Conflict Trends in Pakistan. In 2003 she received a master's degree in defense and strategic studies from Quaid-i-Azam University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in politics and international relations from the same university.
In nuclear war, women would suffer at least as much as men. But women tend to be underrepresented in fields—such as high-level politics, diplomacy, military affairs, and science and technology—that bear on nuclear policy.
Women have as much reason as men to fear nuclear war. Maybe more. But women have relatively little control over whether nuclear weapons are ever used—or whether they continue to exist. How can women break into the largely male preserve of weapons policy?
The author argues that a gender-based sense of patriotism often turns disarmament into something "soft," feminized, or emasculated—not only hindering disarmament but also making it difficult to establish a credible feminist approach to hard-core strategic studies and policy making.
The author argues that increased influence for women might have little effect on disarmament. Nonetheless, women's empowerment in nuclear issues is important for women themselves and for the sake of social equality.
The author argues that women involved in nuclear policy, because they must struggle to prove that they are equal to their male counterparts, often take on personas that are stern, hawkish, and "masculine."