- International Relations Graduate Students
- Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations
- Bibek Chand
Originally from Nepal, I received my BA in International Relations and Political Science from Wartburg College, Iowa in 2012. In the following fall, I joined the Ph.D. program in International Relations at FIU. My research interests include the role of small states in international politics, with a particular focus on buffer states. Other interest areas include the international relations of South Asia, Nepalese politics, and the security dynamics of Sino-Indian relations.
Currently, I am working on my dissertation, which deals with how sub-systemic patterns of security dynamics provide continued relevance to buffer states despite the erosion of the strategic utility of geographic space. In the dissertation, I use the case of the buffer system that consists of China, Nepal, and India.