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International Relations and Comparative Politics


I am Adnan.

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the College of Business and Global Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM). I specialize in International Relations and Comparative Politics with a regional focus on Asia.

At UTM, I teach courses on World Politics, International Relations, Regions of the World (Asia and Africa), and Contemporary Global Issues (Human Rights and Politics of War/Peace). I am part of my College’s Ad – hoc committee on enhancing Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. I also serve on my University’s Committee on Committees.

My current research interests focus on the Chinese Belt and Road initiative’s impact on its Asian neighbors, specifically the regional organizations in South and Southeast Asia. My article entitled Belt and Road Initiative’s Regional Impact: Lessons from South Asia argues how BRI is impacting regional organizations and their relevance using SAARC as an example. Part of my research also deals with the concept of soft power and how it influences small state diplomacy in a polarizing world. I also do regular research on pedagogical techniques that enhance the teaching of international relations at the undergraduate level.

My book project entitled “Failsafe: How Bureaucracies Provide Governance Stability in Political Chaos” is under contract and is slated for publishing in Fall 2022.

In addition to being a teacher, I have extensive experience in survey design, data analytics, research, and program design, development, and interdisciplinary, evidence-based research. I have previously worked for World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and USAID-funded projects in Asia and Africa.

My public-facing scholarship has appeared in the Huffington Post, Dawn, The Nation, The Conversation, and The Diplomat.