Shamila is a foreign policy analyst and avid photographer whose work has been featured in The Washington Post and local media outlets and galleries in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She is the president of the American Pakistan Foundation. She is a Fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, where she runs The Pakistan Forum , an initiative creating new pathways for the study of Pakistan; and The Big Picture, a forum exploring international affairs through arts and culture. She also continues to serve as Senior South Asia Fellow at New America’s International Security Studies Program. Previously, she was Senior Advisor to the Dean at the Johns Hopkins SAIS. Her analysis is regularly cited and published in The Atlantic, Politico, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, the New York Times and she has appeared on CNN, BBC News America, NPR, and Fox News, CCTV, and other outlets. She has 16 years of experience working in the private sector, academia, and the U.S. government, including at the White House National Security Council as Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan during the Obama administration.