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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.

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

Delivering Democracy in India

Stability, Democracy, and Islamism in Bangladesh December 13 Event

India Connected: A Conversation with Ravi Agrawal November 29 Event

Sino-Indian Relations: Tensions in Asia November 26 Event

The Costs of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor September 5 Event

Afghanistan: 17 Years On August 23rd Event

Pakistan: After The Elections August 7 Event

Realizing A Free and Peaceful Indo-Pacific January 10th Event

Pakistan at 70: Can Pakistan Become an Asian Tiger? September 26th Event

Innovation: Fueling the U.S.-India Commercial Partnership June 26th Event

U.S. Options in Afghanistan and Pakistan April 13th Event

Sri Lanka: A Growing Hub in the Indo-Pacific March 8th Event

Advancing Innovation and Healthcare in India November 10th Event

Afghanistan: Fighting the Taliban June 13th Event

The Future of the Himalayas

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

"Call for Transnational Jihad" Book Discussion with Arif Jamal June 30th Event

"Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War" Book Talk May 28th Event

Governance Talks

Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding

Markets, Civil Society, and Democratic Change in the Middle East

Avoiding Armageddon: America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back