International Research Committee

Dr. Shaheen Afroze

Dr. Shaheen Afroze is Associate Professor at North South University (NSU) where she teaches History. She joined NSU in January 2020 after her retirement from Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in 2019 as Research Director. She headed Non-Traditional Security Studies Division and International Studies Division at the BIISS. She was also the Editor of the BIISS Journal which is a quarterly peer reviewed journal. It may be mentioned that she served in BIISS for over 33 years. Dr. Afroze has an M.A degree in Contemporary History from the University of Dhaka. She did her Ph. D in International Relations from the University of Glasgow, UK, under Commonwealth Scholarship. She was awarded the Freedom Foundation Fellowship under which she produced a monograph titled, “Women in Frontal Wars: The Liberation War of Bangladesh 1971.” She was also awarded “UN Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship Programme” in Edinburgh under Beyond Borders Scotland in August 2018. Dr. Afroze was also an Academic Advisor in National Defence College, and Armed Forces War Course (AFWC) Mirpur, Dhaka. She was also Guest Speaker in Bangladesh Military Academy, Bhatiary, Chittagong, Mirpur Staff College, Dhaka and Police Staff College, Mirpur, Dhaka.

Prof. Stephen Barnes

Since 2015, Lawyer and Professor Stephen Barnes has served as assistant dean for Graduate and International Programs at Penn State Law at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.  In this role, Steve supervises the academic programs (LL.M., S.J.D., exchange student, and visiting scholar) for 150+ international students from 40 + countries, and programs between Penn State Law and 32 academic institutions around the world.   Prior to this appointment, Steve lived for eight years in China, where he taught Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, International Law, and Legal Research and Writing at The China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and was a visiting professor at 12 other Chinese universities during his residency.  He was part of a special group tasked with redrafting the Rules of Evidence under the supervision of China’s Supreme Court.  Steve has initiated legal academic programs in China, Mongolia, India, Sri Lanka, Latin America; and in Western and Eastern Europe. Steve received his B.A. in political science from Brigham Young University (U.S.A.), and received his M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from The George Washington University (U.S.A.) and the University of Oregon (U.S.A.)., respectively.

Prof. Madhu Bhalla

Prof. Madhu Bhalla has done her M.A. and Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Canada and M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been a Professor and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University until recently. She is the honorary editor of the India Quarterly, the flagship journal of the Indian Council of world Affairs at Sapru House, New Delhi. She has served on all statutory bodies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University. She is currently a member of the advisory boards for China institutes at the IIT-Madras, Chennai, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, the Centre for Indic and Asian Studies, Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Sonipat and Member, International Advisory Board of Ateneo Center for Asian Studies (ACAS) Manila, Philippines.

Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat

Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat is former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka and a retired Major General of Pakistan Army. He is also former Dean, NUST Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. He has been Adviser to National Defence University Islamabad, and Head of the Center of Excellence for Counter Violent Extremism and Conflict Resolution. He has over forty years of professional experience at national and international levels including working as Director General National Accountability Bureau, Govt. of Pakistan, and Mission Planning Officer at the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations Secretariat, New York. Besides a Post-Doctorate in International Relations (International Cooperation) and a Doctorate in International Relations (Contemporary International Conflict Resolution), he holds three Masters in: Military Studies, War Studies, and International Relations. He has authored a book titled ‘International Conflict Resolution: Role of the UN and the OIC’, co-authored the UN publication ‘Standards of Selection of Military Observers’ along with contribution of articles to numerous professional journals. His research interests include UN peacekeeping, international cooperation, conflict resolution, and crisis management, with special focus on South Asia and the Muslim world.

Prof. Kenji Isezaki

Professor Kenji Isezaki is currently a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, an interdisciplinary research and study program of Graduate School of Global Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan, also serving as Vice-president for Association of Aid and Relief Japan, the oldest Japanese international NGO. His research areas include conflict resolution and peacebuilding. He has extensive field experience in conflict resolution as a government representative, NGO and UN worker who directed in DDR (disarmament, demobilization and reintegration) program for Afghanistan SSR. He also served as Chief of the DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization & Reintegration) Coordination Section for the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL); and District Administrator of Cova Lima for the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET); and government representative to the DDR special committee by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at United Nations Secretariat in New York. He holds an M. Eng. from Waseda University, Japan.

Dr. Saba Gul Khattak

Dr. Saba Gul Khattak is currently attached with the World Bank as a Senior Gender Specialist. A former member of the Planning Commission of Pakistan, she is a human rights activist and provides regular policy advice on women’s economic empowerment, governance and refugee issues to the government. Dr. Khattak specializes in comparative politics and her research uses a political economy approach to development, feminist and political theory with a focus on state theory. Her work concentrates on issues of women’s economic empowerment, peace and violence, governance issues, refugee issues, and labour rights. She regularly contributes to journals and books and has presented her work in a number of national and international conferences. She is also a former Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Policy Initiative (SDPI).

Dr. Sameer Lalwani

Dr. Sameer Lalwani is a Senior Fellow for Asia Strategy and Director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center, where he researches nuclear deterrence, interstate rivalry, crisis behavior, and counter/insurgency. He is also an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation. Lalwani is the Editor of Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories (Stimson, 2018). His work has been published by Security Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CTC Sentinel, and the New York Times. Lalwani completed his Ph.D. from MIT’s Department of Political Science, where he was an affiliate of its Security Studies Program.

Prof. T.V. Paul

Professor T.V. Paul is James McGill Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He served as the President of International Studies Association (ISA) for 2016-17. Paul is the author or editor of 20 books and over 75 scholarly articles/book chapters in the fields of International Relations, International Security, and South Asia. He is the author of the books: Restraining Great Powers: Soft Balancing from Empires to the Global Era (Yale University Press, 2018); The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World (Oxford University Press, 2013); Globalization and the National Security State (with N. Ripsman, Oxford University Press, 2010); The Tradition of Non-use of Nuclear Weapons (Stanford University Press, 2009); India in the World Order: Searching for Major Power Status (with B.R. Nayar Cambridge University Press, 2002); Power versus Prudence: Why Nations Forgo Nuclear Weapons (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000); and Asymmetric Conflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers (Cambridge University Press, 1994). Paul currently serves as the editor of the Georgetown University Press book series: South Asia in World Affairs. For more, see:

Prof. Sasanka Perera

Sasanka Perera is the Founding Professor of Sociology at South Asian University, New Delhi where he has been since 2011. He was Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 2011– 2018 and the University’s Vice President from 2016 to 2019. He is the Editor in Chief of the journal, Society and Culture in South Asia co-published by Sage and South Asian University. His publications in English include, Warzone Tourism in Sri Lanka: Tales from Darker Places in Paradise (Sage, 2016); Violence and The Burden of Memory: Remembrance and Erasure in Sinhala Consciousness (Orient Black Swan, 2015) and Fear of the Visual? Photography, Anthropology and the Anxieties of Seeing (Orient Black Swan, 2020). The books he has co-edited and co-written include Against the Nation: Thinking Like South Asians (co-written with Dev Nath Pathak and Ravi Kumar, Bloomsbury, 2019); Intersections of Contemporary Art, Anthropology and Art History in South Asia: Decoding Visual Worlds (co-edited with Dev Nath Pathak, Palgrave MacMillan, 2019); Culture and Politics in South Asia: Performative Communication (co-edited with Dev Nath Pathak, Routledge, 2018) and Sociology and Social Anthropology in South Asia: Histories and Practices (co-edited with Ravi Kumar and Dev Nath Pathak, Orient BlackSwan, 2018). He has translated into Sinhala Jostein Gaarder’s short novel Vita Brevis: A Letter to St Augustine (2019) and Hisashi Inoue’s play Face of Jizo (2016).

Prof. Tudor K. Silva

Professor Tudor Silva is Professor Emeritus at University of Peradeniya where he served at the Department of Sociology and Faculty of Arts in various capacities for almost 40 years. Currently he serves as Editor in Chief of the Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences published by the National Science Foundation and the Director (Research) at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Kandy branch. He holds a BA from the University of Peradeniya and a Ph.D. from the Monash University, Australia. He He served as the Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies from 2009 to 2011 and the Executive Director of the Centre for Poverty Analysis from 2002 to 2003. He held short-term teaching and research positions in a number of overseas institutions including University College London, Bowdoin College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, University of Connecticut, Monash University and de Lasalle University in Manila. He is the author of ‘Decolonization, Development and Disease: A Social History of Malaria in Sri Lanka’ published in 2014 by Orient Blackswan and a joint author of ‘Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque: a Collaborative Ethnography of War and Peace’ published by Pluto Press in 2015. He is also a member of the Board of Study of Social Sciences at the Post Graduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Peradeniya and a member of the Board of Study of the Faculty of Social Sciences in South Asian University in Delhi.

Prof. Karori Singh

Professor Karori Singh is Former Director and Emeritus Fellow at the South Asia Studies Centre, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (India). His initial research was on Agricultural Land Reforms in Sri Lanka, which was expanded to comparative perspective of Agricultural Land Reforms in South Asia during Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Development Policy Programme of the Resource Systems Institute, East West Centre, Hawaii. He has completed State-of-Art Review of Literature on Poverty and Human Rights under the Poverty Eradication Programme of the UNESCO. He is a strong advocate of broad-basing studies of Social processes by incorporating them into the course contents of social science disciplines. He has participated in the Wilton Park Conferences of British Commonwealth Office and remained engaged in writing on various developmental, conflict and cooperation related grass-root level issues in the South Asian countries. He also remained active in the University administration including Member of Syndicate in shaping academic and research orientation of social science and “area studies” research. He is member of various professional bodies and research Organizations, Member of Editorial Board of national and international research journals. He had been Chief Editor of the research journal South Asian Studies.

Ms. Saloni Singh

Ms. Saloni Singh, a development economist and gender and social inclusion expert, is the founder chair of DidiBahini, a NGO working on gender equality and social equity issues in Nepal. She is one of the Executive Council Members of Asian South Pacific Association of Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), and she represents South Asia in the global executive committee. She is the Gender Focal Point for GPPAC-South Asia and one of the founder executive members of Asia Pacific Women in Politics (APWIP) network. She is also the founder co-chair of Nepal Participatory Action Network (NEPAN) which is the only biggest and longest living network of participatory development practitioner and expert individuals as well as institutions. She has worked as a Gender Expert/Advisor for many international and multinational organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. She has also been involved in a number of intensive research and publications including recently accomplished two research publications at South Asia sub-regional level on Violence Against Women in Politics (VAWIP) and Gender Trade and Green Growth (GTGG), with her team of researchers. Ms. Saloni Singh has a Degree in Economics from Tribhuvan University of Nepal, a Degree in Social Development from at St. Francis Xavier University of Canada. At present she is a visiting scholar in Coady International Institute, St. FX. University, Canada.