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.


The following publications are specific to the PRIO Middle East Centre. A more complete list is available at

All Publications


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

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