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Maneeza Hossain

Senior Fellow

Maneeza Hossain joined the Hudson Institute as a Senior Fellow in July 2006. Her work at Hudson focuses on policy considerations of the impact of the relationship of Islam and democracy in Bangladesh. Prior to joining Hudson, Ms. Hossain was a Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), where she was also the Manager of Democracy Programs. At FDD she edited the Iraq Democracy Papers, a collection of readers of annotated articles and commentaries widely distributed in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. She also managed the operations of Iraq Democracy Information Center and was the project coordinator for the Iraqi Women's Educational Institute (IWEI).

Ms. Hossain participated in a number of events and conferences focusing on South Asia. As part of her focus, Ms. Hossain periodically visits the region and follows its political developments. Her article,"The World Cannot Afford to Ignore Bangladesh" in the Asian Wall Street Journal in August 2005 was a clarion call against the world apathy towards the rise of terrorist activity in Bangladesh.

Born and raised in Bangladesh, Ms. Hossain received a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies in 1999 from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School Law in 2004. Ms. Hossain speaks fluent Bangla.

Media Exposure

FDD Fellow Presents Paper on the Bangladeshi Elections in Fukuoka, Japan (07/13/2006)

Bangladesh: Terrorism, HR Violations, Free & Fair Election & Religious Minority Persecution,Cannon House, Washington DC (06/29/2006)

FDD Fellow Hosts Dr. Kamal Hossain, an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh (06/14/2006)

Manager of Democracy Programs Participates in 2006 International Intelligence Summit (2/17/2006)


The Road to a Shariah State: Cultural Radicalization in Bangladesh (November 2006) (Hudson White Paper).

Backgrounder: The Rise of Radical Islam in Bangladesh (12/15/2005) (Backgrounders)

Is Bangladesh Becoming the Next al-Qaeda Haven? Time for the World to Pay Attention (08/19/2005) (Commentary)


BBC radio (Bangla service) interview with Maneeza Hossain (November 15, 2006)

On the Line Voice of America (08/13/2005)

News Update Voice of America (Bangladesh Service) (01/13/2006)


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The Rise of Political Islam in Bangladesh: What's at Stake in the 2007 Elections?

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