Wali Aslam


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Personal profile

Research interests

Dr Wali Aslam joined the Department in September 2013. Previously he was Lecturer in International Relations at Brunel University.  

Having attained a BA and an MA degree in Pakistan, Dr Aslam attended the University of Leeds for another MA and a PhD – both of which were in International Studies.

He has extensive experience of teaching in higher education, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The universities where he taught before joining Brunel in September 2012 include Forman Christian University (Lahore, Pakistan), the University of Glasgow and Brunel University.

Dr Aslam has been involved in various collaborative academic activities, including the following:

  • fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • member of British International Studies Association (BISA),
  • member of BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group,
  • member of Validation Committee, MA in International Political Economy, University of Northampton,
  • reviewer of ‘Military, Strategic and Security Studies’ book series (Routledge),
  • reviewer of journals International Relations (Sage), Civil Wars (Taylor & Francis), Democratization (Taylor & Francis).

Dr Aslam was also involved with organising a conference on 'Contemporary security challenges in Asia' which took place on 25 April 2014.

Research interests

Dr Aslam’s research lies at the crossroads of International Relations theory, international (particularly Asian) security and United States foreign policy.

The focus of his doctoral research was to conduct a critical evaluation of Operation Iraqi Freedom from the perspective of the English School of International Relations.

His more recent research has focused on United States foreign policy for the AfPak region and on Asian security. Some of his other research projects include employing the theoretical perspectives of the English School and Constructivism to analyse the American drone strikes in Pakistan.

Current projects

Dr Aslam has been involved in the following project:

  • 'The Indirect Consequences of American Drone Strikes in Pakistan.'  - funded by the Remote Control Project of the Oxford Research Group.

Winner of University's Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award 2015


Dr Aslam recieved the award in recognition of his work intergrating social media into the classroom, encouraging students to engage directly with residents from international conflict areas.

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Projects 2013 2017

International Conference on American Foreign Policy (50th Anniversary event)

Aslam, M.


Project: Research-related fundingOther

50th Anniversary funding for International Conference on American Foreign Policy

Aslam, M.


Project: Research-related fundingIndividual grant

British International Studies Association Funding

Aslam, M.


Project: Research-related fundingPublic Engagement

International Research Accelerator Scheme - International politics

Aslam, M. & Wehner, L.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Accelerating International Research Collaboration Scheme - Conflict and Security

Galbreath, D., Aslam, M., Jawad, R., Kivimaki, T., Thomas, S. & Wehner, L.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Research Output 2005 2018

Open Access
education reform
international relations
higher education

Perceptions and Politics in a World of Drones

Aslam, M. Apr 2017 In : Nação e Defesa (Journal of the Portugese National Defence Institute). 146, p. 10-21 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

constitutional state

The Syrian missile strike and the education of Donald J. Trump in the art of responsible statecraft

Aslam, M. 15 Nov 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Global Responsibility to Protect. 10, 4, 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

rights and responsibilities

Videoconferencing and higher education teaching in Politics and International Relations classrooms

Aslam, W. 1 Nov 2017 In : Politics. 37, 4, p. 500-519 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
international relations

Great-power responsibility, side-effect harms and American drone strikes in Pakistan

Aslam, W. 2016 In : Journal of Military Ethics. 15, 2, p. 143 162 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle