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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.

In the Media

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Husain Haqqani on the WSJ Podcast

Husain Haqqani on the WSJ Podcast

Ambassador Husain Haqqani on PBS News Hour, August 22, 2017

Ambassador Husain Haqqani on PBS News Hour, August 22, 2017

Ambassador Husain Haqqani on CNN International, August 3, 3017

Ambassador Husain Haqqani on CNN International, August 3, 3017

Former Official: Pakistan's Taliban Policy 'Inadequate', CNN, August 8th, 2016

Former Official: Pakistan's Taliban Policy 'Inadequate', CNN, August 8th, 2016

Why a Hardline Extremist Group Targeted Lahore in Easter Bombing, PBS NewsHour, March 28, 2016

Why a Hardline Extremist Group Targeted Lahore in Easter Bombing, PBS NewsHour, March 28, 2016

Ambassador Haqqani on the How to Pakistan Podcast, February 22, 2016

Ambassador Haqqani on the How to Pakistan Podcast, February 22, 2016

Civil Nuclear Cooperation with Pakistan: Prospects and Consequences, Testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, December 8, 2015

Civil Nuclear Cooperation with Pakistan: Prospects and Consequences, Testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, December 8, 2015

Husain Haqqani, Nina Shea, and The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg at the 92nd Street Y, January 13, 2015

Husain Haqqani, Nina Shea, and The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg at the 92nd Street Y, January 13, 2015

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CNN Interview: Husain Haqqani on Pakistani Taliban School Attack, CNN, December 16, 2014

CNN Interview: Husain Haqqani on Pakistani Taliban School Attack, CNN, December 16, 2014

Ex-Pakistani Ambassador to US: Get Tougher With Islamabad, NewsmaxTV, December 4, 2014

Ex-Pakistani Ambassador to US: Get Tougher With Islamabad, NewsmaxTV, December 4, 2014

Pakistani exiles speak out about country's religious extremism, CBC Radio One, September 28, 2014

Pakistani exiles speak out about country's religious extremism, CBC Radio One, September 28, 2014

Anti-Government Protests in Pakistan, CNN, September 7, 2014

Anti-Government Protests in Pakistan, CNN, September 7, 2014

What's Going on in Pakistan?, PBS Newshour, September 1, 2014

What's Going on in Pakistan?, PBS Newshour, September 1, 2014

Amb. Haqqani on the use of drones against the Taliban, Russia Today, June 27, 2014

Amb. Haqqani on the use of drones against the Taliban, Russia Today, June 27, 2014

What Barriers Prevent Reconciliation Between India and Pakistan?, PBS Newshour, May 27, 2014

What Barriers Prevent Reconciliation Between India and Pakistan?, PBS Newshour, May 27, 2014

Amb. Husain Haqanni speaks at the Global Risk Conference at Milken Institute, April 28, 2014

Amb. Husain Haqanni speaks at the Global Risk Conference at Milken Institute, April 28, 2014

Walk The Talk with former Pakistan envoy to US Husain Haqqani, NDTV, March 29, 2014

Walk The Talk with former Pakistan envoy to US Husain Haqqani, NDTV, March 29, 2014

Haqqani discusses U.S.-Pakistan Relations with John Stewart on <i>The Daily Show</i>, December 9, 2013

Haqqani discusses U.S.-Pakistan Relations with John Stewart on The Daily Show, December 9, 2013

Husain Haqqani Discusses U.S.-Pakistan Relations, PBS Newshour, November 29, 2013

Husain Haqqani Discusses U.S.-Pakistan Relations, PBS Newshour, November 29, 2013