International Research Committee

Dr. Moonis Ahmar

Dr. Moonis Ahmar is Meritorious Professor of International Relations and the Director, Program on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Department of International Relations, at University of Karachi. He is also former Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Karachi, Pakistan. He has been a DAAD Fellow, Conflict Management and Studies Program, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt, Germany and is a recipient of various fellowships in the United States, UK, Bangladesh and Singapore. He has specialized in the field of Strategic Studies and holds a Ph.D. (1992) and an M.Phil (1988) from the University of Karachi, an MSc (1981) in International Relations from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad and a BA (1978) in International Relations from the University of Karachi. Ha has been a visiting fellow in number of universities and education institutes. He has specialized in Conflict Resolution and Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) with particular reference to Middle East, South Asia and Central Asia. He is also a recipient of research grants from the Ford Foundation, New York, U.S Institute of Peace, Washington DC, Plougshares Fund, San Francisco and Higher Education Commission, Islamabad.

He is the author of three books, four monographs and has edited 16 books on different themes of International Relations. His book, Conflict Management and Vision for a Secular Pakistan: A Comparative Study received the second peace prize at the Karachi Literary Festival in 2015.

Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed

Professor Imtiaz Ahmed was a former Executive Director (2015 -2017) of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies. He is Professor of International Relations and Director, Centre for Genocide Studies at the University of Dhaka. Prof. Ahmed was educated at the University of Dhaka, Carlton University, Ottawa, and the Australian National University, Canberra. He is also currently Visiting Professor at the Sagesse University, Beirut. Professor Ahmed is the recipient of various awards and honours. He has been a fellow in the following institutions: Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Oxford; Asia Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi; Rockefeller Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation; Japan Foundation Fellow at the Yokohama City University; Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore; and Foreign Policy Fellow at the University of Maryland and College Park. He has authored, co-authored, or edited 18 books and 6 monographs. More than 110 research papers and scholarly articles have been published in leading journals and chapters in edited volumes. His recent publication is an edited volume titled: Human Rights in Bangladesh: Past, Present & Futures (Dhaka: University Press Limited, 2014) and “People of Many Rivers: Tales from the Riverbanks” (Dhaka: University Press Limited, 2015).

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. Muchkund Dubey

Professor Muchkund Dubey is currently President of the Council for Social Development, New Delhi. He is former Foreign Secretary, Government of India, and Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh and Permanent Representative to U.N. Organizations in Geneva. He served at U.N. and UNDP Headquarters and was also India’s member on the Executive Board of UNESCO. His research interests cover a wide array of issues relating to world economy, international monetary and trading systems, security and disarmament, international development cooperation particularly South Asian cooperation and social and economic development in India. He has authored, edited and co-edited a large number of books and papers on these subjects.

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.

Dr. Aishath Ali Naaz

Dr. Aishath Ali Naaz is a clinical psychologist, gang specialist, trainer, life coach, writer and founder of MIPSTAR. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (2010), from The University of Manchester, UK. In her thesis she explored the relationship between psychosis, substance abuse, aggression and violence in a South Asian sample from India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Dr. Naaz has a M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from NIMHANS, India (1999) and holds a M.Sc. in Psychology, India (1996); B.A in Psychology, Sociology and English, India (1994) She has a post graduate Diploma in Journalism, India (1995); Diploma in Hypnotherapy (2009, 2010), UK and has attended training on Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Oxford CBT Training Centre (2010), UK. In the ‘16th International Gang Specialist Training Conference, Chicago, USA, 2013 she was certified as an International gang specialist trainer. She was the national consultant and lead researcher of the “Rapid Situation Assessment of Gangs in Male”, an Asia Foundation Publication, 2012; ‘Prison Assessment and proposed Rehabilitation and Re-integration of offenders’, UNDP publication, Maldives 2011; Rapid Situation Assessment of Drug Abuse in Maldives, UNDP/FASHAN/NCB publication, 2003. She has written 5 novels in her local language on various psycho-social issues, 3 of which received national awards for fictional novel writing. She has also have received the National Award of Encouragement for developing psychology and field of mental health in Maldives. Dr. Naaz writes to local magazines, is a blogger and uses social media as a tool to reach and interact with young people.

Dr. Nishchal Nath Pandey

Dr. Nishchal N. Pandey is Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS), a premier think-tank of Nepal. He was Executive Director of the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he worked for 8 years (1998-2006). He was also recently a member of the High level task force formed under the Foreign Minister to review Nepal’s foreign policy; the Advisor to the National Planning Commission for the tourism and civil aviation sectors in 1996-97; a task force member to draft the ninth five year plan of Nepal Government. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Tribhuvan University, M.A. in English and Bachelor of law. A man of letters, he is author of 3 books published by SAGE and Manohar, New Delhi. Dr. Pandey was Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore in 2006-07 and visiting fellow at the University of Hull, UK in 2009. In September, 2013, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), a leading think-tank in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Pandey is the author of many publications including “Nepal’s Maoist Movement and Implications for India and China” (2005) and “India’s North-Eastern States: Insurgency, Economic Development and Linkages with South East Asia” (ISAS 2008). Dr. Pandey is at present Honourary fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi and teaches at the department of conflict, peace and development studies at the Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

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. 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. Jayadeva Uyangoda

Professor Jayadeva Uyangoda is an internationally recognized scholar and a retired Senior Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Colombo. He has been associated with the Social Scientists’ Association for a number of years. Professor Uyangoda’s publications span a wide range of subjects and he has published a number of books, book chapters and articles in both Sinhala and English on a number of topics ranging from democracy and local governance, political reforms, state reform, social inclusion and exclusion to violence, human rights, ethnic politics and conflict resolution. Prof. Uyangoda has been an important actor in a number of different attempts to resolve Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict including being a member of the Government’s negotiation team during the 1995 peace talks.

Dr. Christian Wagner

Dr. Christian Wagner is a Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). He holds a Ph.D. (1989) and an M.A. (1985) in Political Science from Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany.

He held various academic position at universities and think tanks in Germany. From 1996 to 2001 he was Assistant Professor at the University of Rostock where he submitted his habilitation on India as a would-be great power. He joined SWP in 2003 and was Head of the Asia Division from 2007 to 2014. He was member of the board of directors of the German Association for Asian Studies (DGA) and is a member of the European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS). In 2015 and 2016 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Studies (JNIAS) and at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi.

His main areas of research are foreign and security policy and democracy and ethnic conflicts in in South Asia. He is widely connected and is respected for his intellect and contribution to areas of his expertise. He has been published widely and the most recent publications include, “The Impact of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on India-Pakistan Relations, Jagannath P. Panda, Titli Basu (eds.) China-India-Japan in the Indo-Pacific, Ideas, Interests and Infrastructure, New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2018, pp. 118-136”, “India’s Bilateral Security Relationship in South Asia, Strategic Analysis, Volume 42, Issue 1, January-February 2018, pp. 15-28”, “Rethinking South Asia. Scenarios for a Changing Geopolitical Landscape”, Berlin 2017 (SWP Comments C 30).

Dr. Iftekhar Zaman

Dr. Iftekhar Zaman is the served Executive Director of Transparency International, Bangladesh, a position he has been holding since 2004. He earlier served for four years from 1995, as the Executive Director of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and before that worked with the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies for 19 years, as Senior Research Fellow and Research Director. He was also previously Executive Director of the Bangladesh Freedom Foundation (1999-2004). He worked for one year during 1989-1990 with the Department of International Relations of the University of Tokyo as a post-doctoral fellow. Dr. Zaman holds degrees from University of Dhaka and Academy of Economics, Warsaw. Dr. Zaman has been associated with a number of national, regional and international organizations and forums including the Washington DC-based Council on Foundations as chair of its international committee; Governing Council of the Manila-based Asia-Pacific Philanthropy Consortium (APPC) as Chair; New York-based Synergos Institute as a Senior Fellow, Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) as a member of the Coordinating Committee. Dr. Zaman’s main areas of interest are development, politics, security and cooperation in South Asia in general and Bangladesh in particular.