Nazmus Sakib

About Me

Nazmus Sakib is a Lecturer in the Lewis Honors College. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas Tech University, and an M.S.Sc. and B.S.Sc in Economics from the University of Dhaka. His primary field of research is international relations with an emphasis on the peace science tradition. His academic works have appeared in Politics and Policy, and European Politics and Society journals. His teaching and research interests include studying the causes of war and peace with reference to pop culture, international security with an emphasis on Asia, foreign policy, etc. His public scholarship-oriented opinion pieces have appeared in Newsweek, Forbes, the National Interest, etc. He enjoys hiking, cooking, blogging, and spending time with family and friends.


Ask Me About... 

  • How to think like a problem solver in a social/political/economic context. 
  • Why do human beings keep fighting wars?
  • The international relations of India, Pakistan, China, and the Middle East.


My dissertation investigated why and how powerful countries coerce other countries into becoming military allies. By creating a new dataset of Foreign Imposed Alliance Treaties, my work shows that foreign imposed alliances are associated with an increased chance of authoritarian regimes in the weaker countries. 

My co-authored article on China’s attempt to buy a positive state image abroad through investments is published at Politics and Policy Journal. Our statistical analyses show that domestic public opinion becomes more favorable to China when its FDI share increases in the home countries.

My co-authored article on the impact of Syrian refugee crisis in European political polarization is published in European Politics and Society Journal. Our statistical results show that the Syrian refugee influx has causally increased the political polarization in Europe.