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Imtiaz Ahmed

Imtiaz Ahmed is Professor in International Relations at the University of Dhaka. Professor Ahmed was educated at Carlton University, Ottawa Canada, and Australian National University, Canberra. He has served as the Chairperson of the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka and has been the visiting Professor at Yokohama City University Japan. He is the author / co-author of several books and monographs. More than seventy scholarly articles have been published in various books and journals. He is the recipient of various awards and honours. Notable among them are SSRC award on International Conflict Zones, Program on Global Security and Cooperation, Social Science Research Council New York (2002), Distinguished Leadership award American Biographical Institute, North Carolina (1997). His most recent publication is an edited volume on Understanding Terrorism in South Asia: Beyond Statist Discourses (New Delhi: Manohar Publishers & Colombo: Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, 2006). Currently he is undertaking research on Sustainable Development in South Asia, and Democracy and role of Political Parties. He was the country coordinator for Bangladesh for the project State of Democracy in South Asia.

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Sanjay Kumar

Sanjay Kumar is a fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi India, specialising in survey research and electoral politics. He was educated at the University of Delhi. He along with Yogendra Yadav was involved in designing and coordinating the National Election Studies from 1996 to 2004, the largest ever series of academic surveys of the Indian electorate. Besides the NES India Sanjay also directed various other National and State level surveys conducted by the CSDS. He also participated in the project National Election Audit (NEA), a pioneering study on election expenses during the 1999 National Elections. He is a Core team member of the research group conducting annual rounds of Asian Barometer Survey led by Prof. Takashi Inoguchi, at University of Tokyo, Japan. As the country coordinator, Sanjay coordinated the survey in India as part of State of Democracy in South Asia Project being conducted in five South Asian countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. He is the author and co-author of more than hundred articles published in various National Dallies, News Magazines Academic Journals and Edited books.

Click here to go Sanjay Kumar Bio page. Selected articles by Sanjay Kumar include:

Janata Regionalized: Contrasting Bases of Electoral Support in Bihar and Orissa in Rob Jenkins (ed), Regional Reflections: Comparing Politics Across India’s States Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2004.

Impact of Economic Reforms on Indian Electorate, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXIX No. 16, April 17-23, 2004.

A Tale of three cities, Seminar, number 534, February 2004.

New Phase in Backward Caste Politics in Bihar: (1990-2000) in Ghanshyam Shah(ed) Caste and Democratic Politics in India, Permanent Black, Delhi, 2002.




Krishna Hachhethu

Krishna Hachhethu is Professor at the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies in Tribhuvan University Nepal. He was Visiting Scholar, at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK (May-June 2005). He has been the International Observer for Provincial Elections in Sri Lanka (1993) and UN Observer for General Elections in South Africa (1994). He is the member at Nepal Opinion Survey Centre, Transparency International- Nepal. His research interests include Politics and Governance in Nepal and South Asia. He has authored / co-authored the following books: Party Building in Nepal: Organization, Leadership and People, A Comparative Study of the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), Co-author (with Lok Raj Baral et al) Nepal: Local Leadership and Governance, Co-author (with Indira Shrestha), Women and Governance: Re-imagining the State from Gender Perspective (Nepal Chapter), Co-author (with Lok Raj Baral and Hari Sharma), Leadership in Nepal. He has published more than thirty scholarly articles in journal of repute. Presently he is undertaking research on Democracy, Pluralism and State in Nepal, the Impact of Activism in Nepal and the Restructuring of the Nepali state. He was the country coordinator for Nepal for the project on State of Democracy in South Asia.

Click here to go Professor Hachhethu Bio page. Selected articles by Professor Hachhethu include:

Civil Society and Political Participation" in Lok Raj Baral. ed. Nepal: Quest for Participatory Democracy, New Delhi: Adroit, 2006.

Municipality Leadership and Governance: A case Study of Bhaktapur” in Lok Raj Baral et al. Nepal: Leadership and Governance, New Delhi: Adroit, 2004.

Democracy and Nationalism: Interface between State and Ethnicity in Nepal”, Contributions to Nepalese Studies, V.30, No. 2, July 2003.

Nepali Politics: Political Parties, Political Crisis and Problem of Governance” in Dhruba Kumar, ed., Domestic Conflicts and Crisis of Governability in Nepal, Kathmandu: Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies, 2000.




Mohammad Waseem

Professor Mohammad Waseem is Chairman of International Relations Department, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad Pakistan. He has written on ethnic, Islamic, constitutional, electoral and sectarian politics of Pakistan. His books include: Politics and the State in Pakistan (1989), The 1993 Elections in Pakistan (1994), Strengthening Democracy in Pakistan [jointly with S. J. Burki] (2002) and Democratization in Pakistan (2006). He also edited the book Electoral Reform in Pakistan (2002). Professor Waseem was Pakistan Chair at St Antony’s College Oxford from 1995 to 1999. He has been a Visiting Professor in Sciences Po Paris; Visiting Scholar in International Programme for Advanced Studies MSH, Paris; Fulbright Fellow in New Century Scholars Programme at The Brookings Institution, Washington DC; fellow of the Ford Foundation at Oxford; DAAD fellow at the University of Heidelberg; Fulbright Fellow at Columbia University New York; fellow of the Indian Historical Research Council New Delhi; fellow of the British Council in London; and fellow of the American Political Science Association in Washington DC. Professor Waseem has been on the editorial boards of international academic journals Ethnicities (Bristol), Contemporary South Asia (Bradford) and International Studies (New Delhi). He was the team leader of research projects sponsored by DFID London and UNDP Islamabad. He was the country coordinator of Pakistan for the project State of Democracy in South Asia.




Jayadeva Uyangoda

Professor Uyangoda is a prominent political scientist and constitutional expert of Sri Lanka. He has worked closely with the government of Sri Lanka in the areas of ethnic conflict resolution, peace negotiations, and constitutional reform. He was active in the early phase of the Janatha Vimukhi Peramuna politics and has recently been closely involved in Sri Lanka's attempts at ethnic conflict resolution and constitutional reform. Jayadeva Uyangoda is also involved with other sub-regional organizations engaged in peace and conflict resolution studies in South Asia. His research interests include ethnic politics, political violence, human rights, and conflict resolution . He is author of the book Sri Lanka: Modernity, Social Change and Claims of Justice. Creating Peace in Sri Lanka: Civil War and Reconciliation, 1999 and has co-edited Sri Lanka’s Peace Process 2003: Critical Perspective, Essays in Constitutional Reform, 1994 and Matters of Violence, Reflections on Social and Political Violence in Sri Lanka, 1997.He is the joint editor of Polity- Journal for peace, democracy and pluralism.

Presently he is the Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Colombo and Founder-Director of the Centre for Policy Research and Analysis, He is also the founder member of Social Scientists' Association Sri Lanka.



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