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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 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, 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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The Future of U.S.-Afghanistan Relations: A View from Afghanistan

The Future of U.S.-Afghanistan Relations: A View from Afghanistan

Delivering Democracy in India

Delivering Democracy in India

Stability, Democracy, and Islamism in Bangladesh

Stability, Democracy, and Islamism in Bangladesh December 13 Event

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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

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