Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed (On Leave)
Department of Peace and Conflict Studies
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
Centre for International Peace & Stability (CIPS), NIPCONS, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
Foreign relations and regional security in South Asia, Asian regionalism, peace education, and peace building.
PhD from the University of New England, Australia
Dr. Zahid Shahab Ahmed (HEC Approved PhD Supervisor
) is serving as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Peace & Conflict Studies, National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) in Islamabad. In September 2012, he received his PhD in the area of Political and International Studies from the University of New England (UNE) in Australia. For his PhD research, Dr. Ahmed spent few months at the Secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Kathmandu to produce a unique study focusing on regionalism and regional security in South Asia. He has an MA in Peace Education from the United Nations mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica), and an MA in Sociology from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan). In the area of Peace Studies, he has attended numerous academic programs, including a course at the Fletcher School in USA.
He has many years of experience of working in the international development/peace-building and in academia. He has previously taught international and political studies at University of New England and Charles Sturt University in Australia. Dr. Ahmed has also delivered numerous guest lectures at universities across the world, especially on the issues relating to South Asian regional security and peace. In February 2013, he was invited at the Colombo University’s Department of Peace & Conflict Studies. He is trained and experienced in curriculum development. During 2005-07, he assisted the United National mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in designing a curriculum on “Peace Education in the Muslim Context” by organizing consultative workshops in Canada (2006) and Indonesia (2007). In addition, in 2007, he helped UPEACE in designing a post-graduate program on peace & conflict studies in South Asia. This program has already been implemented in South Asia, for example at the University of Karachi in Pakistan.
Prior to his teaching career, he worked with numerous local and international development agencies in South Asia, in particular in Pakistan, on various peace-building projects. During 2006-08, he managed the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s Regional Centre on Conflict Transformation in Asia where he also played a key role in designing the tools on “Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA)”. He has been presenting a balanced critique of PCIA and related tools, such as do no harm, by highlighting experiences from the global South. Therefore, he is a member of a high profile team of eight with Peacemedia-Paixmedia (Canada) assessing the impacts of PCIA. With regard to peace research, Dr. Ahmed has been working as a Culture and Conflict Researcher-Asia with the Commonwealth Foundation for contextualizing a couple of projects in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In the international development sector, Dr. Ahmed has regularly been organizing workshops and conferences. In April 2012, he supported British Council and Peace Direct in organizing a mega event called “Islamabad Peace Exchange”. He has conducted over 30 workshops on peace-building in countries around the world, for example, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil etc.
He has been publishing and presenting papers on a wide range of issues, such as Islam, human rights, peace & conflict, regionalism, and regional security. In April 2013, he presented a paper entitled “Sharia law in Pakistan” at a public forum organized by the University of New England in Australia. In 2009, he presented a paper at the International Conference of Humanitarian Studies in the Netherlands. He has an excellent record of publications. In 2010, he co-authored with Balasubramanian R. a study entitled “Extremism in Pakistan and India: The Case of the Jamaat-e-Islami and Shiv Sena
”. Among his prominent publications is a following contribution: Ahmed, Z.S. 2012, ‘Political Islam, Jamaat-e-Islami, and Pakistan’s Role in the Afghan-Soviet War, 1979-1988’, in Religion and the Cold War: A Global Perspective
, P. Muehlenbeck (ed), Vanderbilt University Press, Tennessee, pp.275-296. In recognition of his research, Dr. Ahmed has received several prestigious research awards/grants, such as Mahbub ul Haq Research Award (Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka); Conflict Transformation Award (WISCOMP, India).
Research fields: Peace & Conflict Studies, South Asian Affairs, Asian Regionalism, International Political Economy, Human Security, Regional & State Security, Transnational Crimes, Armed Conflicts, Political Islam, Religious Fundamentalism, and Transnational Crimes.
South-South Programme Research Grant from the Latin American Council of Social Sciences, the Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa, and the Asian Political and International Studies Association. (2010)
Democracy Research Grant, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), USA. (2007)
Small Peace Research Grant, International Peace Research Association Foundation, USA. (2007)
Mahbub-ul-Haq Research Award, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Sri Lanka. (2005)
Conflict Transformation Award, Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP), India. (2005)
ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS
Assessing Impacts of Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA): A North-South Participatory Project, York University and Peacemedia-paixmédia,
Canada (Since 11/2012)
, Z.S. 2013, Regionalism and Regional Security in South Asia: The Role of SAARC
, Ashgate Publishing Limited, London. ISBN 978-1-4094-6769-4
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2012, Understanding the dynamics of regionalism and regional hegemony in South America and South Asia: Lessons for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and its members from regionalism in South America (Working Paper No.7), Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), Buenos Aires. ISBN 978-987-1891-16-0
- Ahmed, Z.S. & Balasubramanian, R. 2010, Extremism in Pakistan and India: The Case of Jamaat-e-Islami and Shiv Sena, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo. ISBN 978-955-8051-46-7
- Ahmed, Z.S. & Baxter, M.A. 2007, Attitudes of Teachers in India and Pakistan: Texts and Contexts, Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP), New Delhi.
- Choudhri, Z.A. & Ahmed, Z.S. 2013, ‘The Image of Governance’, in Islamic Imagery: Studies in Sacred Symbolism, J.A. Morrow (ed), McFarland Publishers, Jefferson.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2012, ‘Political Islam, Jamaat-e-Islami, and Pakistan’s Role in the Afghan-Soviet War, 1979-1988’, in Religion and the Cold War: A Global Perspective, P. Muehlenbeck (ed), Vanderbilt University Press, Tennessee, pp.275-296.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2009, ‘Human Rights in Islam’, in Peace Education: Islamic Perspectives, N. Kakar & S.S.K. Niazi (eds), University for Peace, San Jose, pp. 115-136.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2012, ‘The role of the Pakistani mass media in the lawyers’ resistance against Musharraf, 2007-2009’, Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies, vol. 4, no. 3, pp.61-78.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2011, ‘Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA): Lessons from Pakistan’, Peace and Conflict Review, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 12-27.
- Ahmed, Z.S. & Bhatnagar, S. 2010, ‘Gulf states and the conflict between India and Pakistan’, Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 259-291.
- Ahmed, Z.S. & Stephan, M.J. 2010, ‘Fighting for the rule of law: civil resistance and the lawyers’ movement in Pakistan’, Democratization, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 492-513.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2009, ‘Madrasa education in the Pakistani context: challenges, reforms and future directions’, Peace Prints: South Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 53-65.
- Ahmed, Z.S. & Bhatnagar, S. 2008, ‘Interstate conflicts and regionalism in South Asia’, Perceptions: Journal of International Affairs, vol. XIII, no. 1-2, pp. 1-19.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2008, ‘The cycle of violence in Pakistan’, World Affairs, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 106-113.
- Ahmed, Z.S. & Bhatnagar, S. 2008, ‘SAARC and interstate conflicts in South Asia: prospects and challenges for regionalism’, Pakistan Horizon, vol. 61, no. 3, pp. 69-87.
- Ahmed, Z.S. & Bhatnagar, S. 2007, ‘Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations and the Indian Factor’, Pakistan Horizon, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 159-174.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2011, “South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation”. In India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic, edited by Arnold P. Kaminsky & Roger D. Long, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, pp. 650-653.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2011, “Pakistan relations with India”. In India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic, edited by Arnold P. Kaminsky & Roger D. Long, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, pp. 537-539.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2011, “Regionalism and Regional Security in Southern Asia”. In India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic, edited by Arnold P. Kaminsky & Roger D. Long, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, pp. 590-594.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2010, “Peace Research: Journals.” In The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, edited by Nigel J. Young, New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 467-470.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2010, “Peace Research: Institutions.” In The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, edited by Nigel J. Young, New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 470-475.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2011, Review of Socio-political and Economic Challenges in South Asia, by Tan Tai Yong (ed.), Journal of South Asian Development, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 239-241.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2011, Review of Asia’s New Regionalism by Ellen L. Frost, Journal of South Asian Development, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 138-141.
- Ahmed, Z.S. 2010, Review of Bangladesh and Pakistan: Flirting with Failure in South Asia, by William B. Milam, Journal of South Asian Development, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 181-183.
Assistant Professor, Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS), NUST Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (NIPCONS), the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Pakistan (Since April 2013)
Adjunct Lecturer & Researcher, Political and International Studies, University of New England (UNE), Australia (November 2010-March 2013)
Adjunct Lecturer & Research Associate, Asian Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia (September 2012-March 2013)
Tutor (Political and International Studies), School of Humanities, University of New England, Australia (October 2008-October 2010)
Visiting Fellow, Australia South Asia Research Centre, Australian National University, Australia (September-October 2008)
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan (September 2006-June 2008)
Research Internship, the Secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Nepal (08-09/2009)
Program Manager (Regional Centre for Conflict Transformation, Asia),
Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Pakistan (09/2006-06/2008)
Program Officer (Research & Publications), SAHIL-NGO, Pakistan (12/2003-06/2005)
Part-time Jobs and Consultancies
Culture & Conflict Researcher (Pakistan & Sri Lanka), Prince Claus Fund- Commonwealth Foundation, UK (2012-13)
Consultant & Local Correspondent for Pakistan, Peace Direct, UK (2010-13)
Field Researcher & Reviewer-Pakistan, Global Integrity, USA (2007-11)
Expert Evaluator for Madrasa Education Programme in Pakistan, Salam Institute of Peace & Justice, USA (2008)
Project Assistant, University for Peace, Costa Rica (2005-06)
Independent Researcher, Overseas Development Institute, UK (2005)
Consultant, American Center for International Labor Solidarity, Pakistan (2003)