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Pakistan in the 21st Century: Challenges in a Historic Context

January 24, 2006, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM POSTPONED

Professor and Ambassador, Husain Haqqani, discusses Pakistan in the 21st century. This event is being re-scheduled due to Ambassador Haqqani's new role as President Carter's Election Observer Mission for the Palestinian Election. Please check back for more up-to-date details.


K .Rizwan Kadir, '97

Speaker Profiles

Professor and Ambassador Husain Haqqani
Director, Center for International Relations, Boston University

Husain Haqqani is the Director of the Center for International Relations and an associate professor at Boston University. He is a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Co-Chairman of the Hudson Institute's Project on Islam and Democracy.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Ambassador 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 deep understanding of militant Islamist Jihadi groups.

Ambassador Haqqani also has a distinguished career in government. He served as an advisor to Pakistani Prime ministers Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Nawaz Sharif, and Benazir Bhutto. From 1992 to 1993 he was Pakistan's ambassador to Sri Lanka.

He has contributed to numerous international publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, The New Republic and The Financial Times. He regularly comments on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Islamic politics and extremism on BBC, C-Span, CNN, NBC, Fox News and ABC. He has also written and spoken extensively on U.S. relations with the Muslim world.

Recent publications include America's New Alliance with Pakistan: Avoiding the Traps of the Past (Policy brief, Carnegie Endowment, 2002); The Gospel of Jihad (Foreign Policy magazine, September-October 2002); Islam's Medieval Outposts (Foreign Policy, November-December 2002; The American Mongols (Foreign Policy, May-June 2003); Islam's Weakened Moderates (Foreign Policy, July-August 2003); Political Islam beyond the Middle East: Pakistan and Afghanistan (in "Political Islam: Challenges for U.S. Policy", Aspen Institute, July 2003). He has written chapters in several books. His book, Pakistan between Mosque and Military was published in July 2005.