Zaheer Kazmi
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Research Interests

International Relations (IR), international political theory, Islam, security, global intellectual history, (comparative) political thought, history of international thought. The global politics and intellectual history of radicalism and anarchism; violent and non-violent, secular and religious: the transcultural politics of dissent; Islam and liberalism; counter-terrorism; globalisation; the political and international thought of William Godwin.


Research Statement

Zaheer Kazmi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mitchell Institute. He has a PhD in International Relations (Cambridge), an MSc (Econ) in International Relations (LSE) and a BA (Hons) in Politics (SOAS). His interdisciplinary and comparative work crosses the study of IR, political thought, intellectual history and religion.

He works on the global politics and intellectual history of radicalism and anarchism with a focus on the transcultural politics of dissent; violent and non-violent, secular and religious. He is also interested in the relationship between Islam and liberalism and the impact and evolution of Western counter-terrorism policies since 9/11.  

His latest book is Islam After Liberalism (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2017), edited with Faisal Devji. He is the author of Polite Anarchy in International Relations Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), a study of anarchism, the political thought of William Godwin, and global politics at the intersection of contextual history and international relations theory, and the co-editor of an interdisciplinary volume on global Islamist militancy called Contextualising Jihadi Thought (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2012). He has also published articles in the peer-reviewed academic journals Modern Intellectual History, Review of International Studies and The Journal of Political Ideologies.

He was previously a Senior Research Analyst at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2006-11). Since leaving the diplomatic service, he has held various research and visiting positions: Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford (2011-12), ESRC Mid-Career Fellow at the Faculty of History, Oxford University (2012-14), Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University (2014-15), and Associate Member of the Faculty of History, Oxford University. He has also worked in the faith and human rights international NGO sectors, including as an NGO representative to the UN Commission on Human Rights, Geneva.

He has published articles in various media outlets including The GuardianThe Times Literary Supplement, Foreign AffairsProspectThe Los Angeles Review of Books, Aeon Magazine and Open Democracy, and the arts and culture magazines TANKThe Brooklyn Rail, and 3AM Magazine.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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