Ahmed M. Abozaid

Ahmed M. Abozaid

I am a second-year PhD candidate in the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, CSTPV (School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, Scotland). Before joining CSTPV, I received a MSc in International Relations from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (with distinction), and a Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Political science & Arabic studies from the Institute of Arab Research and Studies, Cairo, Egypt.

Since 2011 I have published six books (in Arabic) and more than 50 peer-reviewed papers (in Arabic, English and French). According to the Arab Citation & Impact Factor foundation (ARCIF), these publications qualified me to become one of the top 3% most-cited Arab scholars in the fields of Political Science and International Relations (2012-2019) out of almost 7000 researchers from 22 countries.

My thesis investigates correlations between counterterrorism strategies and human rights violations in the post Arab Uprisings. The thesis interrogates the way certain states use violence and for what purposes. By deconstructing the discourse of counterterrorism, power dynamics and tracing state-building processes in the modern Middle East, my thesis examines to what extent the states’ excessive use of violence and repression have been employed to suppress the democratic transition and diminish political opposition under the name of counterterrorism. 

Thesis Title:  The Cult of the Regime: State Power, Security and Human Rights: Interrogating Counterterrorism Strategies in Authoritarian Contexts.

Supervisors: Prof Karin Fierke, Prof Bruce Hoffman and Prof Anthony Lang

Research Interests: Theories of International Relations, Critical School, Postcolonial Studies, Terrorism & Counterterrorism, Security & Strategic Studies, Middle East Studies, Foreign Policy, Cultural and Public Diplomacy.

Member, The British International Studies Association (BISA), 2019.

Member, The Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group (CSTWG), the British International Studies Association (BISA), 2019.

Member of Editorial board of Arabic peer-reviewed Journal Morgaat el-dirasat al-dawlyiha (International Studies Review), published by The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) and the University of Oran 1 Ahmed Ben Bella (Algeria: January 2019).

Member of Editorial board Arabic peer-reviewed Journal Al-Naqeed (Critical Journal of Political Studies), published by Faculté de droit et des sciences politiques, Université Mohamed Klrider-Biskra (September 2017, Algeria).

University of Aberdeen International Students Award (2016-2017).

Al-Owais Creative Award (United Arab Emirates: Dubai, 2018 and 2016).

H.H. Sheikh Rashid Bin-Hameed’s Award for Culture and Science, Ajman, United Arab Emirates (2010).

Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), Shadtschlaining, Austria (2012).

IR 1006: Foreign Policy Analysis and International Security (2018).

IR 1005: Concepts in Global Politics (2019).

IR 4099: Honours Dissertation in International Relations (2019)

Books (In Arabic)

Egypt’s Foreign Policy After the Revolution (Cairo: 2013)

Egypt’s Regional Soft Hegemony (Cairo, 2014)

Towards a New Grand Strategy for Egypt (Alexandria, 2015)

U.S.-Egypt Relations (Beirut, 2016),

The GCC-Yemeni Relations (Cairo, 2017)

UAE Soft Power Diplomacy (Abu Dhabi, 2018).  


Selected Papers

Correspondence to an Ethnographic Study on the Indonesian Immigrant Community and its Islamic Radicalization in South Korea. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. Vol. 42, No. 3 (April 2019), pp. 314-319.

“Clash of civilizations” at 25: Reappraising Huntington’s Legacy: View from the Arab World. Contemporary Arab Affairs. Vol. 11, No. 4 (December 2018), pp. 135-158. 

Counterterrorism Strategy and Human Rights in Egypt After the Arab Uprising: A Critical Appraisal. Aggression and Violent Behavior, Vol. 51, No. 2 (March/April 2020) 

Review: Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism, and Anti-Terrorism Law in the Arab World. Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 32, No. 4 (2020). 

O Brother Where Art Thou? International Relations Theories and the Study of Arab Uprisings: A Critique. The Athena Journal of Social Science, Forthcoming (2020).

Seven Bitter Years: Qatari Crisis and the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council: A Neorealist Perspective (2011-2018). Journal of Social Science, Forthcoming (2020).

The Genesis of State Terrorism: The correlations between regime power, human rights violation and counterterrorism in authoritarian context: The Case of Egypt. Under Review with Journal of Conflict Resolution.

The Rise of Small States in the Arabian Gulf: The case of UAE and Qatar: A Historical Sociology perspective. Under Review with Middle East Critique.

A full list of publications (in Arabic & English) is available at:

 Academia: https://st-andrews.academia.edu/AhmedAbizaid

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ahmed_Abozaid7


“Counterterrorism strategy and human rights in post‐revolutionary societies: the case of Egypt.” A paper presented at “New Perspectives on Non-state Political Violence”. (Belfast: Queen’s University Belfast: 22-23 November 2019).

Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity in Egypt After the Arab Uprising. A paper presented at the Critical Studies on Terrorism Annual Conference 2019. (Oxford: Oxford Brookes University, 4-5th September 2019).

Counterterrorism, Security and Human rights: Beyond the Western Experience. A paper presented at: The Workshop on “Globalizing Emotion Studies: Embracing Multiple Voices”. (St. Andrews: The School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, 3rd September 2019).

The League of Arab States and International Organizations in the Middle East after the Arab Spring. (Lebanon: the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship – American University in Beirut, December 2018). 

The Gulf-Qatari Crisis and the Future of GCC Organization. (Lebanon: Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship – American University in Beirut, June 2018).

Promoting Stability or Courting Disasters: Demographical imbalance, Immigration, and the Stability of GCC countries After the Arab Spring. A paper presented at: the 6th Arabian Annual Conference for Humanitarian and Social Science. Organized by the Arab Center for Research and Political Studies. (Qatar: Doha, March 18-20, 2017). 

Cherchez la développement: The Correlation between Security and Development and political stability in the Arab World. A paper prepared for: After the Uprisings: Political, Economic, and Social Transformations in the Middle East and North Africa conference (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh; 31 May 2016).

 Ambivalent Engagement: GCC, EU, and the Mediterranean since the outbreak of the Arab Spring (Co-author with Paola Cascinelli). A paper prepared for: After the Uprisings: Political, Economic, and Social Transformations in the Middle East and North Africa conference (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh; 31 May 2016).

Revolutions, Regimes Types, and Regional Interactions: Egypt-GCC Case Study. A paper presented at: The 6th Annual Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge University (Cambridge, August 24-27, 2015).

Youth Perception towards Armed Service in the GCC Countries: Case Study of UAE (With Eman Ragab and Youssef Werdany). A paper presented at: The 6th Annual Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge University. (Cambridge, August 24-27, 2015).