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Husain Haqqani

Director for South and Central Asia

A Hudson Institute Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia, Ambassador Husain Haqqani served as Pakistan's ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011 and is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism. His distinguished career in government includes serving as an advisor to four Pakistani Prime ministers, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif and Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi. He also served as Pakistan's Ambassador to Sri Lanka in 1992-93.

Ambassador Haqqani's 2005 book Pakistan Between Mosque and Military has been praised in major international journals and newspapers as a path-breaking book on Pakistan's political history. The book received favorable reviews in Foreign Affairs, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and academic journals and has sold more copies than any other academic book on Pakistan in the last decade.

Ambassador Haqqani is the Director of the Center of International Relations, and a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University. His specializations include: Diplomacy, Muslim Political Movements, International Journalism, Intercultural Relations, South Asia, Central Asia, South-East Asia, the Middle-East, and U.S.-Pakistan Relations.

Husain Haqqani, along with Hillel Fradkin and Eric Brown, is co-editor of Hudson's signature journal Current Trends in Islamist Ideology.

Husain Haqqani received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in International Relations from the University of Karachi.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Haqqani acquired traditional Islamic learning as well as a modern education in International Relations. His journalism career started with work as East Asian correspondent for Arabia -- The Islamic World Review during the turbulent years following the Iranian revolution. During this period he wrote extensively on Muslims in China and East Asia and Islamic political movements. Later, as Pakistan and Afghanistan correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, he covered the war in Afghanistan and acquired a deep understanding of militant Islamist Jihadi groups.

Ambassador Haqqani has contributed numerous op-eds and articles to international publications and also regularly comments on television and radio shows.

Book Chapters

Book Chapter, 'Pakistan' in 'Countries at Crossroads' (New York, Freedom House, 2004)

Book chapter 'Pakistan', in 'Countries at Crossroads' (NY, Freedom House, 2006)

Book Chapter, 'Inhospitable Homeland: Salman Rushdie and Pakistan', in 'Midnight's Diaspora: Encounters with Salman Rushdie' (University of Michigan Press, 2008)

Book Chapter, 'Insecurity Along the Durand Line' in 'Afghanistan: Transition Under Threat' (eds) Mark Sedra and Geoffrey Hayes (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Canada. 2008)

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The Struggle for Pakistan November 20th Event

Pakistan and Its Military November 14th Event

India and the United States: Will a Strategic Partnership Emerge? September 24th Event

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Media Coverage

Husain Haqqani quoted in The Daily Beast on the Taliban attack in Pakistan

Husain Haqqani quoted in Telegraph on jihad in Pakistan

Amb. Husain Haqqani featured in CBC News on the current state of Pakistan

Amb. Husain Haqqani featured in India Today discussing India, Pakistan, and terrorism

Husain Haqqani quoted in Reuters on the floods affecting the tense Pakistan-India relationship

Husain Haqqani quoted in Bloomberg News on the protests in Pakistan

Husain Haqqani quoted in Times of India on improving cultural and economic ties between India and Pakistan

Husain Haqqani quoted in ANI on terrorism in Pakistan

Husain Haqqani quoted in Economic Times (India) on the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Husain Haqqani quoted in Business Standard on strategic partnerships with India