Dr. Zahid Shahab Ahmed

Assistant Professor


Dr. Zahid Shahab Ahmed 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).