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
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.
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