Husain Haqqani

Director of the Center of International Relations & Professor of the Practice of International Relations

Husain Haqqani has a wide range of experience as a journalist, diplomat, and adviser to four Pakistani Prime Ministers. He came to the U.S. in 2002 as a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC and an adjunct professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.

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.
Haqqani also has a distinguished career in government. He served as an adviser to Pakistani Prime Ministers Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Nawaz Sharif, Benazir Bhutto and Yusuf Raza Gilani. From 1992 to 1993, he was Pakistan’s ambassador to Sri Lanka, and from 2008 to 2011 he served as Pakistani Ambassador to the United States.
He has contributed to numerous international publications and regularly comments on television and radio.