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Kamran Bokhari

Senior Director, Eurasian Security and Prosperity

Dr. Kamran Bokhari is the Senior Director of the Eurasian Security and Prosperity portfolio at the New Lines Institute. He served as Director of the Analytical Development Department from 2019 to 2023. Dr. Bokhari is also a national security and foreign policy specialist at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute. He has also served as the Central Asia Studies Course Coordinator at U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. He was a Fellow with the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University (2016-2018).  

Dr. Bokhari has also been a Senior Consultant with The World Bank since 2009. He has 15 years of experience in the private sector intelligence space during which he provided intellectual leadership in the publishing of cutting-edge geopolitical analysis and forecasts. 

Dr. Bokhari is the author of “Political Islam in the Age of Democratization” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He has also contributed chapters to edited volumes: “Wars of Ideas: Theology, Interpretation and Power in the Muslim World” (Rowman Littlefield, 2021), “Strategic Analysis in Support of International Policy Making” (Rowman Littlefield, 2017), “Reassessing Order and Disorder in the Middle East: Regional Imbalance or Disintegration?” (Rowman Littlefield, 2017), “Oxford Handbook on Islam & Politics” (Oxford University, 2013) and “Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West” (University of Utah, 2007). 

His core areas of expertise are: Central and South Asia and the Middle East, Intelligence Analysis/Geopolitics, Foreign Policy/National Security, Democratization, Civil-Military Relations, Comparative Political Systems, Geosectarianism, Counterterrorism, Islamist/Muslim Moderation, Islamism/Jihadism He has briefed various U.S., Canadian and U.K. government agencies, published thousands of analytical/theoretical/op-ed articles, presented papers in international academic/policy forums, and given hundreds of interviews to leading global media organizations. 

Dr. Bokhari earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster after successfully defending his thesis “Moderations Among Salafists & Jihadists.” He tweets at @KamranBokhari.

Latest Articles

Islamic State Exploiting Eurasian Conflicts

In this episode of Eurasian Connectivity, Kamran Bokhari sits down with Nick Heras. Together, they dive into the spate of international attacks by Islamic State, its refocus to Central Asia, and how the global community could react.

Nonstate Actors

The Race for Rare Earth Minerals

In today's Eurasian Connectivity episode, host Kamran Bokhari sits down with Dr. Ariel Cohen and China expert Wesley Alexander to discuss their recent report on rare earth minerals in Central Asia and the need for the United States to increase its access to these minerals. The trio discuss China's massive supply of these minerals, the geography of mineral deposits and their implications, and what the U.S. can do to secure them.

Strategic Competition

What’s Next for Iran and the U.S. in the Middle East?

In today's episode of Eurasian Connectivity, host Kamran Bokhari sits down Caroline Rose and Col. Myles Caggins to discuss the recent escalation of events in the Middle East. The trio talks about Iran’s regional goals, Iraqi attitudes toward the Inherent Resolve coalition, and how the U.S. can deal with an increasingly complex future in the region.

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