Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

Associate Researcher

Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh
Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh left PRIO in 2016. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons. Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests

Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh, PhD, is a PRIO Associate Researcher in the CMI–PRIO Afghanistan Initiative “Afghanistan in a neighborhood perspective”. She has previously been part of the PRIO research project “Liberal Peace and the Ethics of Peacebuilding”.


​​​​​Tadjbakhsh is based in Paris, France, where she directs a concentration on Human Security at the Master’s of Public Affairs (MPA) at Sciences Po, Paris. She founded a program for peace and human security at Sciences Po and launched the Journal of Human Security/la revue de Sécurité Humaine.

She recently completed a project with PRIO (Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Norway) on the study “Understanding the Implementation of Chapter VII Resolutions at the Security Council” with the Spanish think tank FRIDE (Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior), which looks at the evolution and challenges of the mandates of UNAMA and ISAF in Afghanistan. She also collaborates regularly as a consultant with the teams writing the National Human Development Reports at UNDP and is currently working as the Team Leader of the 2010 Regional Report on Human Development and Social Exclusion in Europe and the CIS for UNDP.

Prior to moving to France in 2004, she was an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute for post-Soviet Studies (2002-2004). She has also been a visiting professor at Jamia Islamiya University, New Delhi (since October 2008),  University of Pretoria, South Africa (February 2009), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Summer 2005), the Russian Centre for Strategic Research and International studies, Moscow (1994), and at the Academy of Sciences in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (1992). Between 1995-2002, she worked as a staff member of the UNDP in various field assignments in Central Asia, the CIS and Eastern Europe with a last posting as Policy Advisor to National Human Development Reports (NHDR) at the human Development Report Office in UNDP New York. 

Tadjbakhsh holds a Bachelor's Degree from Georgetown University (1987), a Master’s Degree (1991) and a Doctoral Degree (1994) from Columbia University. She is of Iranian origin, an American citizen and a resident of France.

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Books and other publications:

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, ed., 2011. Rethinking the Liberal Peace: External models and local alternatives, Routledge Cass Series on Peacekeeping. Milton Park, UK: Routledge.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou; Madoka Futamura & Edward Newman, 2010. Towards a Human Security Approach to Peacebuilding, United Nations University Brief, No 2 (2010).

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2008. Peacemaking in Tajikistan and Afghanistan: Lessons Learned and Unlearned, Etudes du CERI, No 143, April 2008. Paris: CERI Sciences Po.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou & Anuradha M. Chenoy, 2007. Human Security, Concepts and Implication. Milton Park, UK: Routledge.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou & Odette Tomasco-Hatto, 2007. Normative and Ethical Frameworks for Human Security in Eastern and Central Europe: A Status Report. Paris: UNESCO.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, ed. in chief, 2005. Afghanistan National Human Development Report 2004: Security with a Human Face: Challenges and Responsibilities. UNDP and Govt. of Afghanistan.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2005. Human Security: Concept, Implications and Application for Post-Intervention Afghanistan, Etudes du CERI, No. 118, September 2005. Paris: CERI Sciences Po.

Allworth, Edward A. et al., eds.; Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, project director, 2003. The Personal History of a Bukharan Intellectual: The Diary of Muhammad-Sharif-I Sadr-I Ziya. Leiden: Brill & Leiden Press.

Tadjabkhsh, Shahrbanou, 1996. Economic Regionalism, Former Soviet South Project Series Briefing. London: The Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 1996. Women's Economic Survey of Tajikistan. Dushanbe: UNHCR and Refugees International.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou & Nassim Jawad, 1995. Tajikistan: A Forgotten Civil War. London: The Minority Rights Group.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 1993. The Bloody Path of Change: The Case of Post-Soviet Tajikistan. New York: Columbia University Harriman Institute Forum.

Book chapters

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2010. ‘International Relations Theory and the Islamic World View’, in Amitav Acharya and Barry Buzan, eds., Non-Western International Relations Theory: Perspectives on and Beyond Asia. London: Routledge.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2010. 'Afghanistan', in Blanca Antonini et al, Security Council Resolutions Under Chapter VII. Madrid: FRIDE.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2009. ‘Human Security and the Legitimization of Peacebuilding’, chapter in Oliver Richmond, ed., Advances in Peacebuilding. UK: Palgrave MacmillanTadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2008. ‘Mahbub Ul Haq’s Human Security Vision: An Unfettered Dream?’, in Khadija Haq & Richard Ponzio, eds., Pioneering the Human Development Rvolution: An Intellectual Biography of Mahbub ul Haq. Oxford University Press.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2008. ‘Afghanistan: A Failed Narco-State or a Human Security Failure?’, in Hans Günter Brauch et al., eds., Globalisation and Environmental Challenges, Volume 4. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2007. ‘State Failure Through the Human Security Lens’, in Jean-Marc Chataigner & Hervé Magro, eds., Etats et Sociétés Fragiles. Paris: Karthala.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2005. ‘Paix libérale et assistance en Asie Centrale’, in Guillaume Devin, ed., Faire la Paix. Paris: Editions Pepper, Chaos International. (Republished under Sciences Po University Press, 2009.)

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2004. ‘A Human Security Agenda for Central Asia’, in Farian Sabahi and Daniel Warner, eds., The OSCE and The Multiple Challenges of Transition - The Caucasus and Central Asia. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2004.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 1996. ‘Between Socialism and Islam:  Women in Tajikistan’, in Women in the Wider Muslim World. New York: Lynne Rienner.


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2010. 'Human Security Beyond Responsibility to Protect', Revista Española de Desarrollo y Cooperación 26(2): 13-37.

J. Peter Burgess & Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh, 2010. 'The Human Security Tale of Two Europes', Global Society, 24(4): 447-465.Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2009. 'Conflicted Outcomes and Values: (Neo)Liberal Peace in Central Asia and Afghanistan', International Peacekeeping 16(5): 635-651.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2009. 'Interdependency Trends in a Multi-Polar World', International Issues & Slovak Foreign Policy Affairs 02/2009: 3-20.Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2008. 'Economic Woes of Liberal Peace', ConflictINFOCUS 22, July 2008: 10-16.Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou & Michael Schoistwohl, 2008. 'Playing with Fire? The International Community’s Democratization Experiment in Afghanistan', Journal of International Peacekeeping 15(2): 252-267.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 2007. 'Human Security In International Organizations: Blessing or Scourge?', The Human Security Journal Volume 4, Summer 2007.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou & Michael Schoistwohl, 2007. 'Installing Democracy in Afghanistan', Seminar Magazine, New Delhi, India,  August 2007.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 1997. 'National Reconciliation in Tajikistan: the Imperfect Whim', The Central Asian Survey  No. 1, 199Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 1994. 'Tajikistan: From Freedom to War', Current History April 1994.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 1994. 'Women and War in Tajikistan', The Central Asian Monitor No. 1, January.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 1993. 'Tajik Spring of 1992: A Comparison of Tajik Political Parties', The Central Asian Monitor No. 2, April.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou, 1993. 'Causes and Consequences of the Civil War', The Central Asian Monitor No. 1, February.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Burgess, J. Peter & Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh (2010) The Human Security Tale of Two Europes, Global Society 24(4): 135–151.
Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou (2009) Conflicted Outcomes and Values: (Neo)Liberal Peace in Central Asia and Afghanistan, International Peacekeeping 16(5): 635–651.


Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh (2016) A Rock Between Hard Places: Afghanistan as an Arena of Regional Insecurity. New York: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapter

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou(2011) Introduction: Liberal Peace in Dispute Rethinking the Liberal Peace: External Models and Local Alternatives. : Routledge(1–17).
Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou(2011) Open Societies, Open Markets: Assumptions and Illusions Rethinking the Liberal Peace: External Models and Local Alternatives. : (19–36).
Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou(2011) Liberal Peace and the Dialogue of the Deaf in Afghanistan Rethinking the Liberal Peace: External Models and Local Alternatives. : (206–220).
Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou; & Richmond, Oliver P.(2011) Conclusion: Typologies and Modifications Proposed by Critical Approaches Rethinking the Liberal Peace: External Models and Local Alternatives. : (221–241).

Edited Volume

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou (ed.) (2011) Rethinking the Liberal Peace: External Models and Local Alternatives. Milton Park: Routledge. Cass Series on Peacekeeping.

PRIO Paper

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou & Mohammad Fazeli (2016) Iran and its Relationship to Afghanistan After the Nuclear Deal: A New Era for Constructive Interaction?, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou (2013) The Persian Gulf and Afghanistan: Iran and Saudi Arabia's Rivalry Projected, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.
Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou (2011) South Asia and Afghanistan: The Robust India-Pakistan Rivalry, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.