Program Manager, Nuclear Security
Tiara Shaya is a Counter-ISIS Border Security Program Analyst at the Civilian Research and Development Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. Shaya’s work focuses on preventing terrorists and rogue nations from acquiring weapons of mass destruction and other illicit conventional weapons, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.
Prior to this, Shaya worked as a research associate for the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Washington, D.C. where she focused on weapons of mass destruction security in the Middle East. She has held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she focused on nuclear safeguards and efforts to prevent the testing of nuclear weapons, as well as the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Peace and Security Initiative, where she focused on counter-ISIS efforts. Shaya began her career as a visiting researcher for the Arab Institute for Security Studies in Amman, Jordan where she focused on the Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East.
She holds a BA from Taylor University in Political Science and International Studies and an MA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in Weapons of Mass Destruction Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies. Shaya is fluent in Arabic.