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Dr. Syed Adnan Bukhari

Assistant Professor

Dr Syed Adnan Bukhari is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the Homeland Security program of Rabdan Academy. He carries more than 20 years of experience in the fields of academy, policy institutes, development agencies and media.

Before joining the Rabdan Academy, Dr Bukhari was a faculty member at the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology (SZABIST). From 2006-2014, he worked as an Associate Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the NTU. From 2015-2018, he worked as the Director FATA Program at the FATA Research Centre in Islamabad, where he undertook research projects on post-conflict reconstruction of the FATA tribal region. He also worked as a Consultant with the UNDP, DFID, GIZ and Coffey International on post-conflict reconstruction of Pakistan’s tribal areas abutting the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. He has been an Instructor in various training courses for security and LEAs on terrorism and insurgency in Singapore, Pakistan and Bangladesh. He has conducted field research in conflict zones in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Dr Bukhari has earned his PhD from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was also a visiting scholar at Fudan University, China and Geneva Centre for Training & Analysis of Terrorism (GCTAT). 


    PhD in International Relations

Teaching Areas

    Homeland Security, Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism, Insurgencies, Countering Violent Extremism, Border and Transportation Security, Maritime & Port Security, Transnational Organized Crime

Research Interests

    Terrorism and Insurgency, South and Central Asian affairs, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Post-conflict reconstruction and development, religious movements and ideologies


    • Syed Adnan Bukhari, “Security Sector Reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tribal Districts”, Pakistan Journal of Society, Education and Law (PJSEL), Vol 8 (2), June 2022, https://pjsel.jehanf.com/index.php/journal/article/view/751
    • Syed Adnan Bukhari, “Bottlenecks in FATA’s Mainstreaming” Development Advocate Pakistan, (DAP), Vol 4, Issue 2, June 2017
    • Sadia Sulaiman & Syed Adnan Bukhari, “Governance Reforms in FATA: A People’s Perspective”, Report (Monograph), FATA Research Centre, Islamabad, http://frc.org.pk/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Final-Book-w-w-p.pdf
    • Rohan Gunaratna and Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “Chapter 2: Militant Organisations in Pakistan” in Pakistan – Consequences of Deteriorating Security in Afghanistan (Edited by Krintina Zetterlund), Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Sweden, February 2009
    • Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari and Arabinda Acharya, “Making Money in Mayhem: Funding the Taliban Insurrection in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas”, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Journal, Volume 32, Issue 2, January-February 2009
    • Rohan Gunaratna and Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “Making Peace With Pakistani Taliban to Isolate Al Qaeda: Successes and Failures”, Peace and Security Review Journal, Vol. 1, Number 2, Second Quarter 2008
    • Internal Dynamics of Afghanistan After the 2005 Parliamentary Elections and the Impact on the Region, Strategic Studies, Vol. XXVI, Summer 2006, No. 2.
    • Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “Factors of Competition Between Russia and the US in Central Asia”, Strategic Studies, Vol. XXV, Winter 2005, Number 4
    • Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “Religious Terrorism in Other Faiths”, Strategic Studies, Vol. XXVIII, Summer 2005, Number 2.
    • Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “Genesis of the Chechen Resistance Movement”, Strategic Studies, Vol. XXVI, Winter 2004, Number 4
    • Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “Russia’s Policy towards Southern Caucasus”, Strategic Studies, Vol. XXVI, Summer 2004, Number 2.
    • Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “Indo-Russia Relations: Prospects in the 21st Century”, Strategic Studies, Vol. XXIII, Winter 2003, Number 4.
    • Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “US-Iraq War: Russia’s Middle East Policy”, Strategic Studies, Vol. XXIII, Summer 2003, Number 2.
    • Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “The Genesis of the Chechen Conflict”, Strategic Studies, Vol. XXII, Winter 2002, Number 4
    • Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “Post September 11: Changing Patterns of Russia’s Foreign Policy”, Strategic Studies, Vol. XXII, Autumn 2002, Number 3.
    • Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “Geo-Politics of the Caspian Sea Region: A Russian Perspective”, Strategic Studies, Vol. XXII, Spring 2002, Number 1
    • Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “Russo-India Military-Technical Cooperation”, Strategic Studies, Vol. XXI, Winter 2001, Number 4.
    • Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari, “Pakistan-Russia Relations: Post-Cold War Era”, Strategic Studies, Vol. XXI, Summer 2001, Number 2.
Dr. Syed Adnan Bukhari
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