I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science & International Affairs at University of North Georgia. I received my PhD in International Relations from FIU in Summer 2018.

My dissertation is titled “Buffer States in Sub-Systemic Rivalries: Analyzing Nepal’s Role in Sino-Indian Security Dynamics.” I situate the buffer state as a relevant and contemporary political concept to analyze small states that find themselves straddled in between competing larger powers. I use the case study of the India-Nepal-China buffer system to analyze how India and China interact with Nepal as a dynamic and strategically charged political space. Currently, I am working on publishing my dissertation as a monograph.

My broad research interest areas include foreign policy, security studies, and geopolitics. Specifically, I am interested in the dynamics of security in South Asia, Sino-Indian interactions in the Asia-Pacific, small states in international politics, and the emerging notion of the Indo-Pacific in strategic studies.

I have taught a wide range of undergraduate courses such as the beginner level Introduction to International Relations, region specific International Relations of South Asia and higher level exit courses such as Theories of International Relations, International Organizations, Asian Security, and Development of International Relations Thought.

Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, I received my BA in International Relations & Political Science from Wartburg College. I also have an MA in International Studies from FIU.

I can be reached at: bibek.chand@ung.edu