Abdullah Khurram

Mr Abdullah Khurram


MA in Global Security Studies, Johns Hopkins University; MA in International Relations, The University of Chicago

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Abdullah Khuram - PhD Scholar

Abdullah Khurram is a doctoral researcher for the International, Political and Strategic Studies programme at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. He is interested in studying the evolution of powerhood in international relations. Khurram’s research focuses on exploring the renewed potential of middle power statecraft, particularly looking at understanding the forces and factors that are shaping the foreign policy behaviours of rising middle powers including Turkey, Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil, and India.

Khurram is a Rising Powers Fellow at PoliTact, a strategic advisor at Gulf State Analytics, and serves on the board of advisors for Duke University and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s jointly organised U.S.-China Leadership Summit.

Previously, Khurram has held research positions and/or fellowships at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, Germany; Middle East Institute in Washington DC, USA; and at the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town, South Africa.

Amongst other places, he has guest lectured at Columbia University, Duke University, Bangladesh Foreign Service Academy, Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies in Slovenia, and Humboldt University in Germany.

Khurram holds a master’s degree in global security studies from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree in international relations from The University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in economics & government and international politics from George Mason University.

Thesis topic

Exploring the Renewed Potential of Middle Power Statecraft: Explaining the Variation in Foreign Policy Behaviours Among Rising Middle Powers


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