Husain Haqqani

Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia

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At A Glance:

Husain Haqqani is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, where he co-edits the journal Current Trends in Islamist Ideology. He served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011.

Biography

Husain Haqqani is a senior fellow 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 US-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.

Events
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October 2022
Past Event
The Fifth Horseman and the New MAD
Featured Speakers:
Husain Haqqani
Dr. Harlan Ullman
Susan Eisenhower
Hon. Dov S. Zakheim
People look at their damaged house after tornados in Round Rock, Texas, on March 22, 2022. (Bo Lee/Xinhua via Getty Images)
05
October 2022
Past Event
The Fifth Horseman and the New MAD

Over the past few years, the world has witnessed a global pandemic, cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, extreme weather, and war in Ukraine. Is the world, and in particular the United States, prepared for future crises?

Wednesday 12:00 - 1:00PM
People look at their damaged house after tornados in Round Rock, Texas, on March 22, 2022. (Bo Lee/Xinhua via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Husain Haqqani
Dr. Harlan Ullman
Susan Eisenhower
Hon. Dov S. Zakheim
01
September 2020
Past Event
Video Event | A Conversation with Assistant Special Envoy Ellie Cohanim on Combating Anti-Semitism
Featured Speakers:
Husain Haqqani
Ellie Cohanim
01
September 2020
Past Event
Video Event | A Conversation with Assistant Special Envoy Ellie Cohanim on Combating Anti-Semitism

Join Hudson Institute for a conversation with U.S. Assistant Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ellie Cohanim on the challenges the Uni

Tuesday 12:00 - 12:45PM
Featured Speakers:
Husain Haqqani
Ellie Cohanim
23
June 2020
Past Event
Video Event | China-India Border Clash: What’s Behind China’s Belligerence?
Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Husain Haqqani
John Lee
Aparna Pande
23
June 2020
Past Event
Video Event | China-India Border Clash: What’s Behind China’s Belligerence?

**__This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 23.__**

Join Hudson Institute for a discussion on the recent deadly clash

Tuesday 12:00 - 1:00PM
Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Husain Haqqani
John Lee
Aparna Pande
16
January 2020
Past Event
Afghanistan's Past and Future: The U.S. Launch of the AISS 2019 Report
Featured Speakers:
Husain Haqqani
Yaqub Ibrahimi
Shoaib Rahim
Nazif Shahrani
16
January 2020
Past Event
Afghanistan's Past and Future: The U.S. Launch of the AISS 2019 Report

2019 was a turbulent and busy year for Afghanistan—from the presidential election to the stalled negotiations with the Taliban and speculation of a

Thursday 2:45 - 4:30PM
Featured Speakers:
Husain Haqqani
Yaqub Ibrahimi
Shoaib Rahim
Nazif Shahrani
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Taliban fighters stood guard as people searched for relatives outside a hospital after a suicide attack at an education center in Kabul on Friday. (PHOTO: STR/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES)
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