Name: Dr. Raja Qaiser Ahmed
Designation: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Politics and International Relations


Ph.D. International Relations   (2018) 

Quaid I Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan

Research: The University of Nottingham, UK.

Dissertation: Competing Discourses in India: Impact on Policy towards Pakistan

M Phil International Relations  (2014)

Quaid I Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan

Dissertation: The Current Wave of Democracy: Implications for Political Transition in Pakistan 

MSc International Relations      (2012) 

Quaid I Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan)

Phone: +92-51 9064-2264
Status: On Job
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Research Interests Publications Conferences Research Projects

Research Disciplines

  • International Relations
  • Politics
  • India, Pakistan, South Asia
Research Cluster
  • Security and Foreign Policy, Democratization, Federalism and Ethnicity


1) Raja Qaiser Ahmed, Democratic Transition and Political Change in Pakistan

2) Raja Qaiser Ahmed, Democracy in Pakistan: From Rhetoric to Reality

Book Chapters 

1) Raja Qaiser Ahmed, “Federalismo en Pakistan: desafios fiscales y el camino a seguir”, in Modelos para armar edited by Marcelo Bernal y Calogero Pizzolo, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, 2018.

Research Publications

1) Mian Zahid Hussain & Raja Qaiser Ahmed, “Space programs of India and Pakistan: Military and strategic installations in outer space and precarious South Asian regional strategic stability”, Space Policy, 2018.

2) Raja Qaiser Ahmed and Misbah Arif, “Space Militarization in South Asia India’s Quest for Space Weapons and Implications for Pakistan,” Asian Survey, University of California Press, Vol. 57 No. 5 (2017): 813-832.

3) Raja Qaiser Ahmed, “Nationalism and Political Identity in Pakistan: Rise and Role of Indigenous Identities,” SAIS Review, John Hopkins University Press, Vol. 35, no 2 (2015): 105-116.

4) Raja Qaiser Ahmed, Dr. Sheharyar & Muhammad Shoaib, “The Changing Dynamics of the Foreign Policy of China in Contemporary Time,” The Turkish Yearbook of International Relations, Vol. 45 (2014)

5) Raja Qaiser Ahmed, “Aam Admi Party and Rise of Modern Middle Class in India” Delhi Business Review,  Journal of Society for Human Transformation and Research,  Vol. 15, No. 2 (2014)

6) Raja Qaiser Ahmed, “The Changing Pattern of Political Dynamism in India,” Journal of Delhi School of Professional Studies & Research, Delhi Business Review, Volume 13, Issue 2 (2012)

7) Raja Qaiser Ahmed, “India’s Look East Policy: Challenges and Options for Pakistan,” NDU Journal, Vol XXIX, (2015) (HEC Category: Y)

8) Raja Qaiser Ahmed, Misbah Arif, Dr. Sheheryar Khan, “Security Architecture of South Asia: A New Framework of Analysis,” The Dialogue, Vol. X, No.3, (2015) (HEC Category: Y)

9) Raja Qaiser Ahmed, Dr. Saima Kayani & Muhammad Shoaib, “Regionalization of Political Violence: Arab Levant and the Rise of ISIS” The Dialogue, Vol X, No. 4 (2014)  (HEC Category: Y)

10) Dr. Saima Kayani & Raja Qaiser Ahmed, “Turkmenistan’s Political Culture of Neutrality”, Journal of Contemporary Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2016) 

§“State-Centre Relations and Power Devolutionism in India” paper presented at 2nd Annual Conference on Social Sciences held at Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad, December 28, 2016.

§  “Modi’s Diplomatic Offensive: Policy Options for Pakistan”, paper presented at International Conference on Peace and Security in South and Central Asia, organized by Department of Defence & Diplomatic Studies, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, September 23, 2016.

§  “Democracy and Human Rights in Pakistan: A Way Forward”, paper presented at National Conference on Human Rights organized by Ministry of Human Rights, Government of Pakistan, December 11, 2015

§  “War of Narratives: Evolution of Pakistan’s Security Paradigm”, paper presented at 1st Research Conference, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wah, 14 November 2015

§   "Centre-Province Relations: Endemic Crises of Federalism and Changing Landscape of Ethnic Politics in Pakistan", at 1st Conference on Social Sciences, Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad, 5 November 2015.

§   “Democratic Development in India: Lessons for Pakistan” Paper presented at International Conference on Social and Computational Sciences, held on January 19th and 20th at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Pakistan.

Conference Proceedings

§  Raja Qaiser Ahmed, “Democratic Development in India: Lessons for Pakistan.” VFAST Transaction on Education and Social Sciences, Volume 4, No. 1 (2014)

§  Raja Qaiser Ahmed, “ War of Narratives: Evolution of Pakistan’s Security Paradigm,”  MDSRC - 2015 Proceedings, 14-15 November 2015 Wah/Pakistan

Talks Delivered

§  Presented a talk on, “Hindu Nationalism and Indian Foreign Policy towards Pakistan", at Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, University of Nottingham, November 30, 2017.

§  Presented a talk on, “SCO’s Role in Regional Stability: Prospects for Pakistan” at Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies Islamabad, April 15, 2017

§  Presented a talk on, “Political Culture of South Asia”, and chaired a session at 24th International Conference on the Historians of South Asia, Asian History Culture and Environment: Vernacular and Oriental Paradigms, December 06, 2016

§   Presented a talk on, “Fiscal Federalism in Pakistan: Challenges and Way Forward,” at Institute of Federalism EURAC Academy, Bolzano Italy, February 09, 2016.

§  Guest Lecture on, “India-Pakistan Relations in a Comparative Perspective”, at National Defence University Islamabad, November 20, 2015.

§  Panel Speaker on, "Democracy, Freedom of Expression and Governance in Pakistan: The Role of Academia", organized by UNDP office, United Nations Islamabad, November 27, 2015.

§  Panel Discussant on, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” at Friedrich Eris Stiftung Islamabad, December 10, 2014.

§  “Dynastic Politics and Incumbency Factor in Pakistan”, Principal Investigator, Won Research Grant from University Research Fund.

§  “Model CCI: Debating Federalism in Pakistan” Project Coordinator SPIR, Sponsored by Hanss Siedel Foundation.

§  Research Assistant to Dr. Joshua T. White in his doctoral research project, “Decision Making in Religious Political Parties of Pakistan” from August 2011 to August 2012.

§  Trainer on Democracy and Governance in Intermedia’s Program, “Civic Journalism: Covering Democracy and Governance Issues” sponsored by Asia Foundation July 2013-Agust 2013.

Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, 45320, Pakistan.
Tel: +92-51 9064 0000,