Abdullah Yusuf

Yusuf, Abdullah

Dr, Senior Lecturer


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Personal profile


I am a senior lecturer (teaching and scholarship) in International Relations specialising in UN Peacekeeping and Middle East Politics. I studied Public Policy, Economic Policy and Diplomacy in The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia and have a PhD in International Relations from the University of Dundee. I was a visiting lecturer at Al-Maktoum Institute, University of Aberdeen in 2010 and at the University of York in 2022.


I'm the host of ‘Conversations with Politics’, a podcast channel about contemporary political and social issues around the world.
My channel has already over 170k views. My guests so far included - Noam Chomsky, Richard Wolff, Vijay Prashad, David MacNally, Gargi Bhattacharyya, David Renton etc.
The link to my podcast channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DrAbdullahYusufConversationswithPolitics/featured


Research Interests

My research interests include issues of International Peacekeeping and the Politics of the United Nations. I am also interested in broader Middle East Politics; ‘War on Terror’; Radical Islamic movements; Religion and International Relations.


Level 1 module (Global Challenges) – Team-Teaching, 

Level 2 module (International Relations) - Team-Teaching and convenor of the module,

One Level 3 Module (The Politics of the UN) - Lecturer and Convenor,

Two Level 4 modules (International Peacekeeping and Politics of the Middle East) - Lecturer and Convenor

Level 5/Postgraduate modules:

  • International Security
  • Explaining and Understanding International Politics – Team-Teaching;
  • Middle East and Terrorism - Lecturer and Convenor


Published Work as a Teaching and Scholarship Academic

Yusuf, A. (2003), A roller coaster ride: UN peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace-building in East Timor, University of Dundee, Politics department, Monograph series, ISBN:  1874655197.

Yusuf, A. (2013), ‘Right to self-determination in East Timor: United Nations Success Story’, The Chittagong University Journal of Law, Vol. XVIII, 2013 (pp.130 -153). published as a print only version.

Yusuf, A. & Garvey, E. (2014), ‘The Responsibility to Protect in Syria: Is there a place for regime change?’, Scottish Global Forum Research. (available online)

Yusuf, A. (2017) ‘As Syrian conflict enters its seventh year, Assad’s future is the sticking point, The Conversation, March Issue. (available online)

Yusuf, A. & Riedel, H. (2017), ‘Mission lmpossible: A Critical Assessment of the UN Administration in Kosovo’, The Chittagong University Journal of Law, Chittagong University Journal of Law, Vol. XXII. (print version only).

Yusuf, A. Merrttt, T, & Royce, J. (2017) ‘President Trump’s Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia: Business as Usual’, The Cable, 1 July Issue. (available online)

Yusuf, A. & Goff, O. (2017) ‘The hardening face of Islam in South Asia, and why it matters to the UK, The Cable, 1 September Issue. (available online)

Yusuf, A. (2017) ‘The Partition’ The Cable, 1 September Issue. (available online)

Yusuf, A (2017) ‘Myanmar’s Rohingyas: victims of a democracy still under military sway’, The Conversation, September Issue. (available online)

Yusuf, A. Merrttt, T, & Royce, J. (2017) ‘President Trump’s Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia: Business as Usual’, The Cable, 1 October Issue. (available online)

Yusuf, A. Royce, J. & Mccluskey, C. (2018) ‘Iraq’s six-year anniversary: a reflection’, The Cable, 1 January Issue. (available online)

Yusuf, A. & Mccluskey, C. (2018) ‘Bashar al-Assad: The Accidental Autocrat', The Cable, April Issue. (available online)

Yusuf, A.  (2018), 'Rohingya crisis: a year since it shocked the world, what’s changed?', The Conversation, August Issue (available online) (Over 10,000 reads in the first week of publication).

Yusuf, A. & Härkönen, A. (2018), Would the world be better without the UN, Book Review, European Politics and Society, 19:5, 625-626.

Yusuf, A. (2021) 'Myanmar: despite appearances the country’s military might is waning', The Conversation

Yusuf, A. 'Tehreek-e-Labbaik: how blasphemy case in Pakistan brought down hardline religious party', The Conversation, July 2019.

Yusuf, A. 'Saddam Hussein: how a deadly purge of opponents set up his ruthless dictatorship', The Conversation, July 2019.

Yusuf, A. 'Citizens of nowhere: one million Rohingya still without rights, status or justice', The Conversation, August 2019.

Yusuf, A. ‘Kashmir: how Modi’s aggressive ‘Hindutva’ project has brought India and Pakistan to the brink – again’, The Conversation, September 2019.

Yusuf, A. 'Myanmar’s election, the Rohingya crisis and the road to democracy', The Conversation, August 2020.

Yusuf, A. Dumitriu, R. and Chowdhury, M. (2022) “How is the Four years on, the Rohingya crisis turnings into a protracted refugee situation slowly but surely” in Rohingya Crisis and the Two-Faced God of Janus: What Lies Ahead, Editors: Kawser Ahmed; Helal Mohiuddin, Publisher: Lexington Books, The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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