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  • Nazir Ahmad Mir

    Research Assistant - Pak Digest
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Nazir Ahmad Mir joined IDSA in April 2016. He is with the South Asia Centre. His current research focus is mainly on the internal politics and foreign policy of Pakistan. Nazir has submitted his PhD thesis at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. His PhD thesis, titled “Recognition and National Identity Formation”, took a theoretical approach to explain the nature of Indian nationalism and explored the causes of the rise of nationalist/ethnic conflicts. With an interest in ethnic conflicts and recognition theory, nationalism and international conflict, nationalism(s) and state making in South Asia, democracy and modernity, and international relations theory, Nazir has presented papers on diverse issues/themes including cultural violence and electoral democracy, secular and religious nationalism, among others. Currently,Nazir is working on two themes: one deals with the national identity formation in India and the other tries to contextualize the securitization theory to the Indian electoral system. Nazir has written review articles and reviews and has presented papers in conferences and seminars on different themes. He has been a regular contributor to some newspapers in Jammu and Kashmir such as Rising Kashmir and Greater Kashmir as well as to online magazines on global issues and local social, political, economic, and security issues. Nazir also has a Post Graduate Diploma in print journalism from YMCA, New Delhi.

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    • Will the Pakistani civilian leadership cease to placate the Islamist forces for their own electoral gain? Will the Army rein in the jihadis it has been using to retain “strategic depth” in Afghanistan?

      March 17, 2017
      IDSA Comments
    • The burgeoning scholarship on the army’s role in nation building, or the lack of it, is unsurprising. In the modern political order, a nation without its own army is hardly imaginable. A crucial relationship exists between the two, which is also a reason for the uneasiness about the army’s pro-active involvement in the nation-making process. Political sociologists have been uncovering striking causal relationships that demonstrate the crucial role of the army and its internal ‘organisation’, ‘control’ and ‘function’ for the subsisting units of the modern world system: nation-states.

      Strategic Analysis