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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 is the author of three books: Pakistan Between Mosque and Military (Carnegie, 2005), Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States and an Epic History of Misunderstanding (Public Affairs, 2013) and India vs Pakistan: Why Can't We Just Be Friends? (Juggernaut, 2016)

Considered an expert on radical Islamist movements, Haqqani, along with Hillel Fradkin and Eric Brown, is co-editor of Hudson's signature journal Current Trends in Islamist Ideology.

Ambassador Haqqani was formerly 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 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.

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Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted by Asia Times on Pakistan’s connection to radical Islam

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted by Newsweek on Pakistan’s support for terrorists

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted by The Atlantic on how the U.S. can pressure Pakistan

February 2017 Hudson Institute report on Pakistan quoted by CNN

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted by the Great Falls Tribune on Trump’s Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted by The New York Times on Imran Khan – the main contender to become Pakistan’s new Prime Minister

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted by The Wall Street Journal on the ouster of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Husain Haqqani quoted by VOA on the U.S.‘s Pakistan policy

February report co-authored by Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted in The Washington Post

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted by The Hindu on U.S. policy regarding the Kashmir region

Hudson Institute event on U.S.-India partnership covered by The American Bazaar

Hudson report on Pakistan co-authored by Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted by Reuters

Amb. Husain Haqqani quoted in The Wall Street Journal on Shakil Afridi – the Pakistani doctor who helped find Osama bin Laden

Amb. Husain Haqqani quoted in Bloomberg on nationalism in India and Pakistan

Amb. Husain Haqqani and Lisa Curtis’s new report written up in Newsweek, Daily Signal, Brookings Blog, Intl Business Times, Economic Times, and Business Standard

Hudson’s event, U.S. Options in Afghanistan and Pakistan, written up in Economic Times

Amb. Husain Haqqani quoted in Voice of America on how to get Pakistan to change its behavior

Amb. Husain Haqqani quoted in The Wall Street Journal on Robin Raphel’s work for the State Department in Pakistan

Amb. Husain Haqqani quoted in Bloomberg on groupthink in the Pakistan army

Aparna Pande and Amb. Husain Haqqani’s report, Modi: Two Years On in written up in Money Control (India)

Amb. Husain Haqqani interviewed in The Atlantic on the suicide bombing in Balochistan

Amb. Husain Haqqani quoted in TIME Magazine on America’s commitment to the long-term fight against jihadism in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Amb. Husain Haqqani quoted in the New York Times on the drone strike on a Taliban leader in Pakistan

Hudson’s event on human right in Pakistan written up in The Economic Times

Amb. Husain Haqqani interviewed about his new book, India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends? in The Hindu, Indian Express, and Times of India

Amb. Husain Haqqani quoted in USA Today on why Pakistan struggles with extremism

Husain Haqqani quoted in USA Today on Pakistan’s use of the death penalty

Amb. Husain Haqqani interviewed on CNN on the San Bernadino terrorists

Amb. Husain Haqqani quoted in New York Times on the Islamic school, Al Huda

Amb. Hussain Haqqani’s article on U.S.-Pakistan relations quoted in Washington Examiner

Amb. Husain Haqqani and Aparna Pande’s report, Modi One Year On featured in Economic Times (India)

Amb. Husain Haqqani and Aparna Pande’s report on Indian PM Modi’s first year quoted in Business World (India)

Amb. Husain Haqqani interviewed in Business Standard on India-Pakistan relations

Amb. Husain Haqqani quoted in the New York Times on sources of Islamism in the Middle East

Amb. Husain Haqqani gives his thoughts on the India_Pakistan talks and Kashmir in Economic Times

Amb. Husain Haqqani quoted on the India-Pakistan talks in PTI and McClatchy

Amb. Husain Haqqani and Aparna Pande’s report on Prime Minister Modi written up in India Times and cited in Reuters

Husain Haqqani quoted in Foreign Policy on the new head of the Taliban

Husain Haqqani quoted in McClatchy on the fear in Pakistan that certain foreign aid workers are spies

Husain Haqqani quoted in Washington Examiner on America’s shrinking global influence

Husain Haqqani quoted in Economic Times (India) on Pakistan’s Kashmir issue

Husain Haqqani and Nina Shea discuss ISIS and the future of the Middle East at NYC’s 92nd Street Y.

Husain Haqqani quoted in Washington Post on global reactions to insults to Islam

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