Aftab Kazi

Non-resident Senior Fellow



Dr. Aftab Kazi is a Non-resident Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program.

Dr. Kazi was formerly a Specialist with the United States Department of Education (1987-95; retired). Prior to that, he was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asian and African Affairs (1988-94), now renamed as Journal of Third world Spectrum since 1995. In 1992, he was honored by the President's Council on Management Improvement and Public Employees Roundtable for distinguished public service and voluntary scholarly activities.  Dr. Kazi was a Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as well as HEC Foreign Professor of international relations at the UNiversity of Sindh.

Dr. Kazi's specialization is comparative and international politics, conflict resolution, international & development education and international & intercultural affairs. He focuses on Ethnicity and nationalism (esp. Sindhi/Pakistani ethnicity, Sindhi/Pakistani nationalism); foreign and security policy in and between the United States, Pakistan, Central Asia, and South Asia; geopolinomics, civil-military relations, nation and state building. He has worked on the history of Sindh and Pakistan in the context of the Indus Basin, and its relationship with Central Asia. in terms of education, he has been involved in the study of politics and education, non-formal and distance education, education policy & development administration and Federal grants management. 

Dr. Kazi holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an  M.A. in International Relations from the University of Sindh. He also holds an  M.Ed. in International & Development Education; Advanced Graduate Certificates in Asian Studies and Arms Control & International Security Studies; and a degree of Doctor of Philosophy, International & Peace Studies (double concentration in international relations and international education) from the University of Pittsburgh. 

He has taught and conducted research as a lecturer, senior lecturer, visiting scholar/fellow/ research scientist, senior research fellow, and professor at the following institutions: 

Johns Hopkins University-SAIS (Washington, D.C.) 
Bukhara State University (Uzbekistan) 
University of Virginia-South Asia Program 
University of Pittsburgh- Center for International Studies 
Howard University-African Studies Program 
University of Maiduguri (Nigeria)-International Relations 
University of Sindh (Pakistan)-International Studies  
Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad. 

His administrative roles include as Director, Pakistan Study Center, Chief Executive Assistant to Vice Chancellor (pro-Vice Chancellor post), Coordinator Distance Education Program, Director, Intercultural House Project and Acting Dean, Faculty of Education.