Asma Akbar

PhD Researcher
Pleinlaan 5, 1050, Brussel, Belgium

Asma Akbar joined the Brussels School of Governance of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as a PhD researcher in September 2017. She is associated with Center for Security Diplomacy and Strategy. Previously, she received degrees of masters and M.Phil. International Relations from the Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan. She has also served as a visiting lecturer in the department of International relations and department of Gender Studies of the same University.

As a PhD researcher, she is working on the ‘The Probelmatique of Pakistan’s Security Paradox: A Human Security Perspective’. Her areas of research are international security theories, human security, Pakistan’s polity and national security, and South Asia. During her stay at the Brussels School of Governance, she has worked as a teacher assistant in the Euro-master class of European security and Counter-terrorism. She has worked as research assistant to Dean Office at Minhaj University Lahore from October 2021 to February 2022.

Currently, she is also associated with The Women University Multan, and serving as a lecturer in the Department of International Relations and Political Science. She is a foreign-funded scholar under the Faculty Development Program (FDP) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

List of Publications

  • Akbar, A. (2021). Book Review of ‘Gender, Nation, State in Pakistan: Shifting Body Politics’ by Shahnaz Rouse. South Asian Journal of Religion & Philosophy , 2(2), 82-86.
  • Akbar, A., & Alqama, K. (2020). An Introduction to the Problematic of Security: Theory-Building in International Relations. Perennial Journal of History, 1(2), 113-131.
  • Naz, A., & Akbar, A. (2019). Politics and Ethnic Identities: Cross Sectional Provincial Analysis of Human Security in Pakistan. Journal of the Research Society of Pakistan, 56(2).
  • Naz, A., & Akbar, A. (2019). Revisiting South Asian Security Saga: A Nexus of Subaltern Realism and Human Security for Peace in 21st Century. Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences, 39(2), 665-673.
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