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Husain Haqqani

Director for South and Central Asia

Husain Haqqani is a senior fellow and director for South and Central Asia at Hudson Institute. He served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011 and is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism.

Amb. Haqqani’s 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 from 1992 to 1993.

Amb. Haqqani is the author of four books: Pakistan Between Mosque and Military (Carnegie, 2005), Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States and an Epic History of Misunderstanding (Public Affairs, 2013), India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends? (Juggernaut, 2016) and Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State (Harper Collins, 2018).

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

Amb. Haqqani was formerly director of the Center of International Relations, and a professor of the practice of international relations at Boston University. His areas of expertise include diplomacy, Muslim political movements, international journalism, intercultural relations, South Asia, Central Asia, South-East Asia, the Middle-East, and U.S.-Pakistan relations.

Amb. Haqqani received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations from the University of Karachi. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, he 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.

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

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Husain Haqqani was quoted in New York Times about unconventional warfare and Pakistan’s adoption of jihad.

Husain Haqqani was quoted in New York Times about how the Afghan Peace Deal will impact Pakistan.

Husain Haqqani was quoted in Financial Times about Donald Trump and the Afghanistan peace deal.

Husain Haqqani was interviewed in Gandhara about the U.S.-Talibal deal and what it could mean for Pakistan.

Husain Haqqani was quoted in Voice of America about the radicalization of former Pakistani Lieutenant General Shahid Aziz.

Husain Haqqani was mentioned in Washington Times about a peace agreement between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

Husain Haqqani was mentioned in Axios_ about Trump’s upcoming visit to India and what it could mean for the future of the U.S.-India relationship.

Husain Haqqani was mentioned in Washington Times about Iran’s continued support of the Taliban.

Husain Haqqani was mentioned in VOA News about Pakistan’s desire to be viewed outside of its relationships with larger powers.

Husain Haqqani was mentioned in Voice of America about recent U.S. sanctions against law enforcement officials.

Husain Haqqani was mentioned in Financial Times about Pakistan and the Belt and Road initiative.

Husain Haqqani was mentioned in Arab News about deficits in the Arab world.

Husain Haqqani is quoted in Financial Times on how a U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan could be complicated by the Taliban’s military resurgence.

Aparna Pande and Husain Haqqani are quoted in Sunday Guardian on Modi’s removal of article 370 impacting the Jammu and Kashmir region.

Husain Haqqani is quoted in Deutsche Welle on Pakistan’s diplomatic gambles surrounding the Kashmir crisis.

Husain Haqqani is quoted in Philadelphi Inquirer on the role Pakistan plays, or doesn’t play, in the Afghan peace process.

Husain Haqqani is quoted in Axios on why the peace talks in Afghanistan are more just a “face-saving way out.”

Husain Haqqani is interviewed by USA Today on why the Sri Lanka attacks likely weren’t retaliation for Christchurch.

Husain Haqqani is interviewed by ANI on why Pakistan is unlikely to change policy on militants.

Husain Haqqani is interviewed by Fayetteville Observer on whether the U.S. is selling out Afghans to the Taliban.

Husain Haqqani is interviewed by The National Interest on why India and Pakistan find themselves in a volatile status quo

Husain Haqqani is interviewed by Philly Inquirer on how the U.S. signaling withdrawal in Afghanistan is impacting the peace process.

Husain Haqqani is interviewed by Business Standard on why Pakistan must come clean about its relationship with the Taliban.

Husain Haqqani is interviewed by WION on the U.S. State Department’s actions during the visit of Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib.

Husain Haqqani is interviewed by The Wall Street Journal on what the odds of escalation are between India and Pakistan.

Husain Haqqani is interviewed by Philly Inquirer on how Trump should approach the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan.

Husain Haqqani is interviewed by India Today on how the Pulwama attack changed India’s approach to Pakistan, and why radical Islamists invoke the Hadith to infuse South Asia with importance as a battleground.

Husain Haqqani is interviewed by The Times of India on Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s diplomacy and peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan

Husain Haqqani is quoted in Foreign Policy on the Taliban’s long-standing negotiating tactics

Husain Haqqani’s perspectives on the common interests of India and Pakistan are profiled in The Hindu

Husain Haqqani’s remarks at the Rasina Dialogues on a U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan are covered in First Post

Husain Haqqani quoted by The Print and Business Standard on comments made by China’s ambassador to Pakistan.

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted in The Times of Israel on Imran Khan and anti-Semitism in Pakistan

Husain Haqqani quoted in The New York Times on U.S.-Pakistan relations

Ambassador Husain Haqqani interviewed by DW on Pakistan’s Islamic state ideology

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted in The Times of India on the Pakistani Army

Excerpt from new book by Ambassador Husain Haqqani published in The Print

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted in The Chicago Tribune on U.S.-Pakistan relations

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted in Bloomberg

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted in The New York Times on the cutoff of aid to Pakistan

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted in The Washington Post and The Nation on preparations to withhold aid to Pakistan

February Hudson report co-authored Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted in The Atlantic

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted in The Indian Express on Pakistani influence in Afghanistan

Hudson Event featuring former senator Larry Pressler covered by The Times of India and The Economic Times

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted by DW on Pakistan’s support for militants

Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted by The Atlantic on the release of American and Canadian hostages in Pakistan

Aparna Pande and Ambassador Husain Haqqani quoted by Foreign Affairs on a potential U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan

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