Department of Development Studies

Kaweh Kerami

Key information

BSc Political Science (Amsterdam), MSc Comparative Politics (Amsterdam), MSc International Crimes and Criminology (Amsterdam)
Email address
Thesis title
The Power of Bargaining: Elites, Rents, and Afghanistan’s Presidential Elections, 2004-19.
Internal Supervisors
Professor Jonathan Goodhand


Kaweh Kerami is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS University of London, whose expertise lies in international development, particularly focusing on state-building, democratization, political settlements, and armed conflicts.

His ongoing PhD dissertation delves into the US-led state-building and democratization efforts in Afghanistan over two decades, drawing from extensive fieldwork in Kabul.  Previously, Kerami instructed undergraduate students at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) and worked as a research consultant for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU).

He also held the position of an online producer at the BBC World Service for over three years. A native of Kabul, Kerami possesses both Dutch/EU citizenship and UK settled status. He frequently contributes to journals and online platforms in both English and Persian.

Kerami's work is motivated by his commitment to understanding and promoting sustainable development in war-affected countries.


Research interests

Kerami's research interests are rooted in international development, with a keen focus on state-building, democratization, political settlements, and the nexus of drugs and (dis)orders. He is also interested in the interplay between external interventions and local dynamics, particularly in violence-affected regions.