Director of the Center of International Relations; Professor of the Practice of International Relations. (BA, MA University of Karachi)
Specialization: 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 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.
Ambassador Haqqani’s book, Pakistan Between Mosque and Military, was published in 2005. He has book chapters in Countries at Crossroads 2004 and Countries at Crossroads 2006 (New York, Freedom House); in Midnight’s Diaspora: Encounters with Salman Rushdie (University of Michigan Press, 2008); in Afghanistan: Transition Under Threat (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Canada. 2008). His journal articles include: “Pakistan’s Endgame in Kashmir” (India Review, July 2003); “The Role of Islam in Pakistan’s Future” (The Washington Quarterly, Winter 2004-05); ‘Dysfunction of an Ideological State: Pakistan’s Recurrent Crises in Historic Context,’ (Research Group in International Security, University of Montreal/McGill University, Working Paper No. 20, October 2006); ‘History repeats itself in Pakistan’ (Journal of Democracy, October 2006); ‘Pakistan Between Mosque and Military’ (South Asian Journal, July-September 2006); ‘Pakistan and the Islamists,’ (Current History, April 2007); ‘Militarism and Militancy in Pakistan’ (South Africa and Pakistan, Johannesburg, South Africa Institute of International Affairs); ‘Going Back to the Origins,’ by Husain Haqqani and Hillel Fradkin (Journal of Democracy, Volume 19, Number 3, July 2008).