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  • Nazir Ahmad Mir

    Research Analyst
    +91 11 2671 7983

    Nazir Ahmad Mir joined MP-IDSA in September 2016. He is with the South Asia Centre. Nazir has a PhD in “Peace and Conflict Resolution” from the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. His PhD thesis, titled “Recognition and National Identity Formation in India”, took a theoretical approach to explain the nature of Indian national identity and explored the causes of the rise of nationalist/ethnic conflicts in general. His current research focus is internal politics and foreign policy of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    With an interest in ethnic conflicts and recognition theory, nationalism and international conflict, democracy and state making in South Asia, nuclear policies and international relations theory, Nazir has written papers on civil-military relations in India, the State and ethnic conflicts in South Asia in Journal of Civil Wars, Strategic Analysis and India Quarterly. He has presented papers on diverse issues/themes including cultural violence and electoral democracy, the state and secular and religious nationalism, strategic culture and the state, 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. He also contributes to some daily 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 has a Post Graduate Diploma in print journalism from YMCA, New Delhi.

    Select Publications

    • Research Analyst, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Mr Nazir Ahmad Mir’s commentary ‘Imran Khan’s ‘tactical praise’ for India’ has been published by the International Center for Peace Studies (ICPS), New Delhi, on 22 November 2022.

      November 22, 2022
      IDSA News
    • Constructivism argues that the behaviour of actors in international politics is shaped by factors like identity, norms, rules, etc. Though it has been well argued that these factors shape and sometimes regulate the behaviours of political actors, not much has been written about the formation of such norms and how the identity of a political actor becomes operational through them.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • Taking positive measures to address the core issues of misgovernance and corruption and ensuring fair and rightful distribution of resources will help in the revival of the political process in Jammu and Kashmir.

      July 22, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • While Imran Khan’s efforts to build legitimacy around his ‘personality’ as a religious person and a crusader against corruption do not seem to have convinced many people, his government’s inability to bring the much-promised tabdeeli (‘change’) to Pakistan is beginning to hurt him politically.

      January 04, 2021
      IDSA Comments
    • The movement of the Baloch people is likely to continue because of the strong undercurrent of popular disaffection in the province against the Pakistan state, and the sustained enthusiasm of the people to fight for their freedom, autonomy and rights

      May 30, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • Realpolitik and its terminology have dominated the discourse on the conduct and behaviour of states in ‘anarchical’ international environment. Concepts like balance of power (BoP) and security dilemma continue to draw the attention of students of international politics. It has been argued, or presumed, that in the security-driven environment of the international system, foreign policies of individual states are externally driven.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • While scientists all over the world are working tirelessly to find an antidote to COVID-19, the narratives doing the rounds in Pakistan – pushed and peddled by the Urdu media, accuse them of conspiring to turn this virus into a weapon to not only kill but also to alter the human psyche.

      April 20, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • The government and the military in Pakistan appear quite determined to either silence or censor media by all means. This may prove counter-productive since such restrictions can fuel further criticism, especially at a time when the government seems unable to fulfil its promises and meet the expectations of the people.

      January 17, 2020
      IDSA Comments
    • While contending the prevailing realists’ explanation of war happening because of power struggle, John Vasquez argues in his book, The War Puzzle Revisited, that a majority of wars are fought over territory, either to defend or occupy it. According to Vasquez, territorial disputes between two countries are ‘much more war-prone’ than others.

      Journal of Defence Studies
    • ince the time of their invention and the first-and-only use on 6 and 9 August 1945 on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively, nuclear weapons have been seen by the states that possess them, or the ones that seek them, as the ultimate guarantors of their security.1 It is believed that these weapons are key to achieving victory in a war that otherwise may go on for a long time or may end in defeat if fought in conventional ways by a weaker country; in other words, nuclear weapons are believed to act as instruments of deterrence.

      Journal of Defence Studies