Dr. Zahid Mehmood Zahid

Dr. Zahid Mehmood Zahid

Dr. Zahid Mehmood Zahid

Senior Lecturer

zahid.mehmood@ucp.edu.pk
Ext: 573

Dr. Zahid Mehmood Zahid is a political scientist with expertise in Political Islam, Terrorism, Afghan Affairs, the War on Terror, Foreign Policy of Great Powers, Identity Politics, Geo-politics of Religion, and Militant Discourses. He has a PhD in International Relations from the National Defence University, Islamabad, with a dissertation titled, “Rise of Political Islam and Militant Discourses in Pakistan: Geopolitics of Religion, Identity, and External Linkages.” He has been a ‘Research Fellow’ (2018-2019) at the University of Maryland, USA, where he was part of the team studying terror motivations. He, with his career objectives – to produce knowledge as a researcher and impart knowledge as an academic by demystifying the complexities of the socio-political world, has published in reputed Pakistani and international journals and taught at National Defence University (2016-2017) and University of Central Punjab Lahore (2020 till date). As ‘Research Officer’ with ISAPS, Islamabad (2016-2018), he has designed, conducted, and supervised research on CPEC and Radicalization; and as ‘Analyst’, he anchored a radio program at Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation in 2017. He has also been the recipient of the Higher Education Commission’s scholarships/awards thrice for his research work and is part of the global conversation on the issues of contemporary significance with his Op-ed writing that frequently appears in different newspapers in Pakistan. He has also held administrative positions with international and Pakistani organizations like HOPES, ICRC, MCI, and the Catholic Church of Pakistan from 2005 to 2012.

PhD International Relations National Defence University, Islamabad 2022
M.Phil International Relations National Defence University, Islamabad 2014
M.A International Relations University of Balochistan, Quetta 2010
B.A Political Science, Sociology, Persian University of Balochistan, Quetta 2008
Senior Lecturer University of Central Punjab, Lahore October 2020 till-date
Research Fellow University of Maryland, USA 2018-2019
Research Officer ISAPS, Islamabad 2016-2018
Analyst Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation October 2017
Lecturer (VF) National Defence University, Islamabad Fall 2016 – Spring 2017
Lecturer IR National Officers Academy 2015-2020
Program Coordinator HOPES 2009-2012
1Proliferation of Covid-19 Pandemic: A Critical Analysis of US, China and Russian Foreign Policy Behaviour in Webology, November 05, 2021, Vol 18, No 5.
2Emerging Trends of On-campus Radicalization in Pakistan in Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, March 2021
3Critical Discourse Analysis of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan: An Intertextual Recontextualization in Pakistan Social Sciences Review, June 2020, Vol. 4, No. 2.
4Critical evaluation of Pakistan’s counter-narrative efforts in Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, June 2019, Vol. 14. No. 2, 147-163.
5U.S.A. versus ‘Them’: Fomenting an Enemy for the Hegemonic Discourse in Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), Summer 2016, volume XVI, Number 2.
6Socio-Economic Indicators and Democratic Consolidation in Pakistan: An Analysis in Pakistan Social Sciences Review, March 2020, Vol. 4, No 1.
7A Critical Analysis of Afghanistan’s Regime Change and Opportunities for Pakistan in Multicultural Education, Volume 8, No. 4, 2022.
8Paper presented at an international conference “Institutionalization of Hindutva in India: A Regional Security Perspective” entitled “The Rise of Communalist Majoritarianism in India and Security Implications for South Asia: An Identity Perspective” held at National Defence University, Islamabad on July 06 & 07, 2021.

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