Mohammad Zahidul Islam Khan

Mohammad Zahidul Islam Khan
American International University-Bangladesh | AIUB · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)

Doctor of Philosophy
Registrar (with an Academic Portfolio)

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Introduction
Dr Mohammad Zahidul Islam Khan is a self-motivated researcher, with the unique experience of serving in the military (Air Force), peacekeeping missions and as a faculty member of the Universities at home and abroad. He has solid analytical and methodological skills and a modest publication record on state fragility, peacekeeping, stabilisation, UN system, counter-terrorism, foreign policy and IR. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7917-73
Additional affiliations
February 2021 - January 2023
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU)
Position
  • Dean; Chief PRIP
Description
  • Actively engaged to transform BSMRAAU a leading international University in the field of aviation and aerospace science, technology studies and research through excellence.
January 2020 - February 2021
United Nations Organization
Position
  • Senion National Representative and Contingent Commander at MINUSMA
Description
  • Key tasks included leading a team to provide a range of operational, technical, terminal and ramp services for safe air operations in Northern Mali. Maintained business continuity under COVID-19; handled 3,299 flights involving, 21,930 pax & 705 tons of cargo, without any incident/accident. Key SNR tasks entailed assessing & reporting on political, security and operational issues, conducting the fact-finding inquiry, and coordinating troops' rotation. Received Force Commander’s commendation.
September 2018 - March 2019
University of Reading
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
September 2012 - September 2013
University of Bradford
Field of study
  • Fragile states and Security Dev Nexus, Peace Studies, Regional and Global Security, Int’l Politics and Security, Gender Security and dev, Natural Resource Governance
April 2007 - December 2009
University of Dhaka
Field of study
  • Managerial Finance, Economics, Prin & Prac of Banking, Fund Mngt, FOREX & Int'l Banking, Fin Analysis & Con, Fin Markets and Inst, Business Research Method, Investment Analysis, Central Banking, Micro Fin & Rural Banking, Risk Mngt
June 2001 - July 2002
Air University
Field of study
  • National and Int'l Security, Regional Studies, Def Resource Management, Def Policy, Military History, Evolution of strategic thoughts, Nature of War

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Publications (58)
Thesis
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The seemingly universalized concept of ‘fragile states’ and the associated models of indexing them based on domestic indicators reflect our quest to quantify and measure states’ performance. What we measure affects what we do. They also become an inseparable part of our vision of the world. Thus it is important that we measure it right, if at all....
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Welcome to the Space & Beyond – the first aviation and aerospace Chronicle of Bangladesh, a quarterly publication of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU). Building a knowledge-based aviation and aerospace echo system in Bangladesh entails creating and disseminating knowledge, keeping up-to-date with global t...
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On 25 September 1974, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered a historic speech at the 29th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). This was the first ‘strategic communication’ by the father of the nation at the Assembly following the newly born country’s admission to the United Nations. Apart from the well-known and much-to-be-p...
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This paper unveils peacekeepers’ lived experience, under COVID-19 pandemic baptised as the new ‘second front’ for peacekeeping operation. Using an interpretative phenomenological method, the study finds that most peacekeepers situate themselves as passive victim of the pandemic, as well as a protagonist – confident to fight against the ‘second fron...
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Celebrating the International Day of UN Peacekeepers amidst a global pandemic may appear a bit obtuse. Yet Bangladesh’s achievement to support and sustain the peacekeeping missions in these trying times is humbling. It is a testimony of our resilience and capacity, begging to be celebrated but not complacent on this International Day of UN Peacekee...
Research
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This paper unveils the peacekeepers’ lived experience under COVID-19 pandemic, baptised as the ‘second front’ of peacekeeping operations. Using an interpretative phenomenological method, the study finds that most peacekeepers situate themselves as a passive victim of the pandemic, as well as a protagonist – confident to fight the ‘second front’. Th...
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Data on Peacekeeper's Lived Experience under COVID-19
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This article explores Bangladesh’s voting coincidences at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with China, India, Russia, and the United States for the period 2001–2017 to draw inferences about country’s political proximity and policy preferences on global issues. Although Bangladesh’s voting coincidence shifted from China toward India since...
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On 25 September 1974, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman made a historic speech at the 29th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). This was the first ‘strategic communication’ by the father of the nation at the Assembly following the newly born country’s admission to the United Nations. Apart from the well-known and much-to-be-proud...
Poster
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Which country is most supportive to #UNGA resolutions - regarded by many as 'inconsequential' and a key platform for ‘policy innovation, diffusion and endorsement’ by others? Voting records of 2,060 Resolutions (1990-2017) of #BCMI countries shows Bangladesh's strong & continued support to the UNGA (91% 'Yes' votes), trailed by China (83% Yes ), My...
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Any global structure comprises of ideational and material elements. To put the idea into practice, members of the global community formulate rules and regulations and marshal resources to build capacities and institutions that can affect states and societies. Although the effects of the global structures on the state fragility are increasingly bein...
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The COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to set in a 'new normal' to the way we are used to doing business. Peacekeeping is no exception to that. Peacekeepers – in particular, the military and police members serving in the ‘deep-field’ missions braving the usual hardship and danger, are in the forefront of battling the COVID-19 threat, named as the ‘seco...
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I landed in northern Mali with my Team about a year after completing my PhD from the University of Reading (UoR). Wearing Blue Helmets, my mission here is to lead a Bangladesh Air Force contingent supporting air operation from Kidal and Tessalit airfields of sector north. We are part of the wider MINUSMA military family of over 12 thousand peacekee...
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State as a ‘sovereign collective’ claims to hold, nurture and when possible promote such normative power. The critical distinction between military power and normative power lies in the motivation and action they generate. Military power is imbued with an element of coercive action while the normative power generates intangible attraction with no t...
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The normative power – i.e. the ideals and values, that a state/society/individual holds as a source of their inspiration and action is fundamental to the process of their identity formation. States as a ‘sovereign collective’ claim to hold, nurture and when possible promote such normative power. Despite considerable disagreements on which universal...
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The chart depicts Bangladesh’s voting coincidence with China, India, Russia and the USA at the UNGA for the period 2001-17. Compared with the U.S., Bangladesh’s political proximity on global issues has been relatively similar to Russia and consistently much closer to China and India in particular.The comparative gap in Bangladesh’s voting coinciden...
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Between 2001-2017 a total of 90 country-specific resolutions on human rights were put to vote at the UNGA. The variation in Bangladesh’s voting preferences in these resolutions provide a useful insight into her political proximity and foreign policy consistency. Except for the Palestinian issue, which commands broad international support, there are...
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This is a graphic presentation of (i) Bangladesh's voting coincidences at the UNGA for the period 2001-2017 and (ii) trend in 'opposite' votes by Bangladesh in the UNGA. Both graphs compare Bangladesh's voting preferences with China, India, Russi and the U.S.
Data
This dataset includes the voting preferences of Bangladesh, China, India, Russia, Japan, Singapore and the U.S. at the UNGA for the period 2000-2018. The voting preferences for each resolution that was put to vote is indicated as Y (when voted Yes), N (when voted No), A (When abstained from voting) and BL (when absent from voting). The data slightl...
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This dataset contains five sheets. Sheet 1 contains the list of 206 Human Rights related resolutions that were put to vote at the UNGA between 2001 -2018 and the voting preferences of Bangladesh, China, India, Russia, Japan, Singapore and the U.S. on those resolutions. The sheet also contains the resolution number, year in which the resolution was...
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This paper explores Bangladesh’s voting coincidence at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with key regional and extra-regional players (China, India, Russia and the U.S.) for the period 2001-2018 to identify the variations and to draw inferences about country’s political proximity and diplomatic affinity in multilateral forum. Compared to t...
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What instruments and mechanisms are available to harness the ‘political will’ to pursue justice for the allegations of ‘atrocity crime’ in Rakhine, Myanmar? Analysing country’s ratification trend, declarations upon ratification on relevant global instruments, and interactions with the un on human rights issues, this paper reveals the ‘mind’ of Myan...
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What instruments and mechanisms are available to harness the ‘political will’ to pursue justice for the allegations of ‘atrocity crime’ in Rakhine, Myanmar? Analysing country’s ratification trend, declarations upon ratification on relevant global instruments, and interactions with the un on human rights issues, this paper reveals the ‘mind’ of Myan...
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The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) is an important yearly publication of the Institute for Economics & Peace. However, the Report (IEP, 2018) can at best be described as a tool for norm socialisation of the western narrative around terrorism and at worst a distortion of underlying data through which it has been derived.
Data
This dataset reveals the trends in key capacity indicators of Myanmar with a focus on its militarisation. It reveals a gross imbalance in the allocation of national resources between military and core social services that has prevailed and exacerbated under 'disciplined democracy' introduced in 2010. Although government's health expenditure remaine...
Data
This data forms annex B to my paper titled ''‘Atrocity Crime’ against the Rohingyas in Myanmar – An ‘Agency’ Approach''. This includes a brief summary of the shadow reports on Myanmar by eight Civil Society Organization (Amnesty International, CEDAW Action Myanmar, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Global Justice Centre and Gender Equality Network, K...
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This data is part of my article (annex A) titled ‘Atrocity Crime’ against the Rohingyas in Myanmar – An ‘Agency’ Approach. It lists all the International Instruments on Human Rights and Atrocity Crime and indicates which ones have been ratified by Myanmar and corresponding declarations/reservations if any.
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1. This dataset contains normative and numeric data on following four International Crime Tribunals: a. The International Crime Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) b. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Rwanda (ICTR) c. The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) d. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) 2. The no...
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This is an annex to the main paper. It includes a list of the International Instruments Relating to Human Rights and Atrocity Crime with status of ratification by Myanmar.
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It includes the list of UN Security Council Resolutions between 2006-2016 where the R2P has been referred.
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This is an integral table of the main paper. It includes a brief comparison of the salient features relating to the establishment of International Crime Tribunals in former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Cambodia.
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Amidst a divided United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in New York, and a brittle equilibrium between the democratic forces and the Tatmadaw (Armed Forces) in Yangon, the international community is once again challenged to uphold and fulfil its moral, ethical and legal obligation to protect the Rohingyas in Rakhine, Myanmar - regarded as the most...
Research
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The concept of state fragility remains elusive despite being in widespread use since early 1990’s and expressed by a growing trend of indexing sovereign states according to their performances. Different fragility indices with varied orientations have emerged shaping our perceptions about states populating the international system. Dominated by dome...
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The concept of state fragility remains elusive despite being in widespread use since early 1990’s and expressed by a growing trend of indexing sovereign states according to their performances. Different fragility indices with varied orientations have emerged shaping our perceptions about states populating the international system. Dominated by dome...
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Philosophical dualism implies that our thoughts shaped by mind and our understanding of the physical world based on empiricism are both real yet neither can be assimilated. The idealists challenge this distinction claiming that the physical world is inherently mental as anything empirical is an inter-subjective product of collective interpretation...
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The near absence of inter-state conflicts and a parallel increase in the incidence of intra-state conflicts/civil wars reflects that ‘‘orange is the new black’’ in the context of 21st century history of warfare. Amidst such fundamental changes, Paul Collier and his team offer the greed or grievance theory – a pioneering quantitative research to exp...
Presentation
This is my presentation at the 6th ECPR Graduate Students Conference, University of Tartu, Estonia, Panel: Case Studies and Conceptual Advances in Development Studies, Date: 12 Jul 2016. The topic was The Fallacy of State Fragility Indices: Is there a ‘Fragility Trap’?
Presentation
This is my presentation at the 66th Political Studies Association Conference, Brighton, UK, Panel: Global Politics, Date: 21 March 2016
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As China continues her ‘peaceful rise’, all arguments surrounding the potential risks of military confrontation in the region revolves around whether China will emerge as a status quo or revisionist power. The economic benefits and conflict potentials posed by a rising China arguably affects its neighbours in a differentiated manner resulting diver...
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Weak and collapsed states are portrayed as the primary global threat to security so frequently by the politicians, journalists and policy makers that it has almoste become a reality. Yet, this seemingly universalized and undertheorized concept bears a different meaning to each actors and demands critical examination. From an international relations...
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Bangladesh’s participation in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO) for almost three decades now has been lauded as one of the brightest of chapters in terms of contributing to mainstream global initiatives. Numerous researches and discourses on this issue focuses on the reflections of individual experiences, professional and financial gai...
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The power of a nation state emanates from her political, diplomatic, informational and military might. All these powers are fungible to some degree. However, the symbiotic relationship between the military and the other instruments of power is worth examining as it undergirds the total national power. The general perception that military power is o...

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Most fragility indices measures state weakness based on domestic factors. But states in international system do not operate in isolation. Powerful global factors are at play that often affects state's performance. Global factors like terms of trade, colonialism, legacy of cold war, geopolitics are often cited or discussed. But is there any quantitative research that account for the global factors on state performance? Is there any possible data source for measuring such global factors on states?

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This project aims to document the lived experience of peacekeepers under the COVID-19 pandemic using an interpretative phenomenological methodology taking MINUSMA as a case study. The study is based on survey data of 30 participants deployed in the 'deep-field' of northern Mali. The study reveals that the peacekeepers’ experiences are deeply enmeshed in and formed by their specific context, environment, and encounters. The pandemic has magnified some pre-existing anxieties but did not replace them. The paper shows that there is a wicked paradox in the peacekeepers' lived experience under COVID-19 as most peacekeepers tend to situate themselves as passive victims of the phenomenon as well as a protagonist – confident to fight this ‘overhyped’ pandemic. The study, set against a unique and intense context of northern Mali, could be useful and illuminating for different actors engaged in peacekeeping including field commanders, managers, and headquarter based planners.