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Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Rasul Bakhsh Rais
DPRC Steering Committee; Professor, Political Science
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Profession: Doctor
Affiliation(s): Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Citizenship: Pakistani
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Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Democracy, Social Movements and Civil Society (Theme Leader); Regionalism and Globalisation


PhD, University of California

MA, University of Punjab

contact : (+9242) 35722670-79

Research Interests:

Pakistan’s Western Borderlands: Tribe and State in the International System; Afghanistan: A weak state in the path of power rivalries; Civil Society and Democratic Movement in Paksitan.

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Dr Rais has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before joining LUMS, he served as Professor/Director, Area Study Centre and prior to that as Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad for nearly 22 years. He was a Professor of Pakistan Studies at Columbia University, New York for 3 years, 1991-94. He was awarded the Fulbright fellowship at Wake Forest University, 1997-98, Social Science Research Fellowship at Harvard, 1989-90, Rockefeller Foundation fellowship in International Relations at the University of California, Berkeley, 1985-85. He is author of Recovering the Frontier State: War, Ethnicity and State in Afghanistan (Lanham: Lexington Book, and Oxford University Press, 2008), War without Winners: Afghanistan's Uncertain Transition after the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 1996), Indian Ocean and the Superpowers: Economic, Political and Strategic Perspectives (Croom Helm, London, 1986) and editor of State, Society and Democratic Change in Pakistan (Oxford University Press, 1997). Dr. Rais has published widely in professional journals on political and security issues pertaining to South Asia, Indian Ocean and Afghanistan. His current research interests are: "Pakistan's Western Borderlands: Tribe, State and the International System". At LUMS, Dr. Rais teaches courses on the theories of democratic transition, American government and politics and comparative politics. His most recent addition to his teaching portfolio is a course on the theory and practice of non-violence: Gandhi, King Jr, Ghaffar Khan and Nelson Mandela.


  • Rais, Rasul B. Recovering the Frontier State: War, Ethnicity, and State in Afghanistan. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, A Division of Rowmann & Littlefield, 2008.
  • Rais, Rasul B. War Without Winners: Afghanistan's Uncertain Transition After the Cold War. Karachi: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Rais, Rasul B. The Indian Ocean and the Superpowers: Economic Political and Strategic Perspectives. London: Croom Helm, 1986. USA: Barnes & Noble,1987, New Delhi: Vissar, 1987.
  • Rais, Rasul B. ed. "State, Society, and Democratic Change in Pakistan". Karachi: Oxford University Press, 1996
  • Rais, Rasul B. "Conceptualizing Nuclear Deterrence: Pakistan's Posture" India Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 144-172, April 2005

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