Associate Professor
VR for Admin Affairs, Head of IR Department


Dr. Bulat G. Akhmetkarimov is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of International Relations at Paragon International University. Dr. Akhmetkarimov received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Ege University (Turkey), a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati (USA), and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His research focuses on the history of international relations, the role of religion in international affairs, and Russian foreign policy. He has previously taught and conducted research in Turkey, the U.S., and Russia.


  • Ph.D. in International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University, USA, 2015
  • M.A. in Political Science, University of Cincinnati, USA, 2009
  • B.A. in Economics, Ege University, Turkey, 2006


  • 2021. Bulat G. Akhmetkarimov. "Contemporary challenges and opportunities for the Muslim community in the Republic of Tatarstan." Baltic Rim Economies, N4, 2021.
  • 2020. Bulat Akhmetkarimov (2019) "Common sense is not so common: integration and perceptions of 'traditional Islam' in Russia's Volga-Ural region", Contemporary Islam, 14; Pp. 179-202. DOI:10.1007/s11562-019-00439-6.
  • 2019. Bulat Akhmetkarimov (2019) Islamic practice and state policies towards religion in post-Soviet Russia, Religion, State and Society, 47:2, 180-197, DOI: 10.1080/09637494.2019.1582209
  • 2017. Akhmetkarimov B.G. and Bruce Parrott, "The Surprising Future of the Religious Party in Russia"// The SAIS Review of International Affairs. 2017 - Vol.37, Is.1S. - P.55- 70.
  • 2013. Akhmetkarimov B.G. "A Smoke of Hope: An Essay on Religion," Rivista (2013) Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe.
  • 2010. Akhmetkarimov B.G. "In Russia: Ambitions vs. Demography," SAISPHERE (2010): 12-15. Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
  • 2010. Akhmetkarimov B.G. "Moderate Islam in Turkey: Is the Ball in the AKP's Court?" The Washington Review of Turkish and Eurasian Affairs, June 2010.
  • 2008. Akhmetkarimov B.G. "Revisiting the Profile of the American Voter in the Context of Declining Turnout." Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, N7 (2008).
  • 2007. Akhmetkarimov B.G. "The Search for Political Identity in Tatarstan," Civil Academy: Journal of Social Sciences, Vol.5, N1, (2007).