Mr. Husain Haqqani

Former Visiting Scholar


B.A., M.A., University of Karachi


Arabic; English; Punjabi; Urdu

This person is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Husain Haqqani was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., and an associate professor of International Relations at Boston 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 around the world. 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.

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.

Haqqani writes a regular column, which is syndicated throughout South Asia and the Middle East in addition to contributing regularly to international publications. He appears frequently on television news shows in both Pakistan and the United States.


Selected Publications:  Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military (Carnegie, 2005); “Pakistan's Internal Divisions,” Pakistan's Future and U.S. Policy Options (Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2003); “The American Mongols”, (Foreign Policy, May/June 2003)

  • Op-Ed The Indian Express April 15, 2006
    Dialogue Needs a Common Language

    Haqqani argues that it is clearly in India’s interest to help Pakistan gain sufficient confidence as a nation to overcome the need for conflict or regional rivalry for nation building. Simultaneously, it is important for Pakistani civil society to acknowledge that normal relations with India are the key to normalization of politics and policy in Pakistan as well.

  • Op-Ed The Indian Express March 22, 2006
    He Knows Best

    Pakistan’s fourth military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, often makes statements that make eminent sense. Haqqani argues that he is, however, unwilling or unable to translate these rational sounding pronouncements into policy.

  • Op-Ed The Indian Express March 15, 2006
    The Wind Blows Another Way at the Durand Line

    Haqqani recommends that an American-brokered accord between Pakistan and Afghanistan to end the latent dispute over the Durand Line, coupled with international guarantees to end Pakistan’s meddling in Afghanistan, might be the basis for durable peace and friendship between the two Muslim states.

  • Op-Ed Gulf News February 22, 2006
    Playing Politics with Religion

    The riots ignited by the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten's derogatory images of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) have escalated into violent protests that are no longer aimed at the offending newspaper or even against its homeland, Denmark. Protesters in several Muslim countries, including Pakistan and Indonesia, have targeted American and other Western interests as well as Christian churches.

  • Op-Ed Gulf News January 25, 2006
    Air Strikes Expose an Uneven Alliance

    The inherent weaknesses of the U.S.-Pakistan alliance were exposed in the aftermath of the recent U.S. air strike inside Pakistani territory. Pakistan's military regime would either have to deliver on its promises to the US or run the risk of further American actions that may not always be pre-approved by the Pakistanis.

  • Op-Ed The Wall Street Journal December 19, 2005
    Our Friends the Pakistanis

    So much for the popularly peddled view that anti-Americanism in the Muslim world is so pervasive and deep-rooted it might take generations to alter.

  • Op-Ed GLOBEANDMAIL.COM November 21, 2005
    Earthquake Relief: If we don't help Pakistan, al-Qaeda's friends will

    Husain Haqqani urges the United States and the world community to do nothing less than spearhead a response to the earthquake in Pakistan similar to that following the tsunami

  • Op-Ed The Indian Express November 21, 2005
    U.S., Muslims and Democracy

    The U.S. government repeatedly makes the mistake of defining as “moderate” those authoritarian Muslim rulers who fulfill America’s foreign policy goals, and U.S. officials have been muted in their criticism of the rulers they finance. But American officials must recognise the contradiction in their simultaneous support for democracy and dictatorial Muslim regimes.

  • Op-Ed Gulf News October 31, 2005
    In Their Hour of Need, Pakistanis Unite
  • Op-Ed Far Eastern Economic Review October 25, 2005
    Pakistan Replays the 'Great Game'

    An American-brokered accord between Pakistan and Afghanistan to end the latent dispute over the Durand Line, coupled with international guarantees to end Pakistan’s meddling in Afghanistan, might be the minimum requirements for durable peace in the region where the 9/11 plot to attack the U.S. was hatched.

  • Washington July 1, 2005
    Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military

    This book analyzes the origins of the relationships between Islamist groups and Pakistan’s military, and explores Pakistan’s quest for identity and security.

  • Husain Haqqani
    September 5, 2008 Washington, D.C.
    Engaging Pakistan – Getting the Balance Right

    The process of political evolution towards democracy needs to be supported regardless of the leaders it produces. The next U.S. president must pursue a balanced strategy toward Pakistan that simultaneously strengthens the civilian government—the best hope for Pakistan’s long-term stability—without alienating the Pakistani army.

  • Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military
    July 26, 2005 Washington, D.C.
    Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military

    Discussion of Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military, featuring Husain Haqqani, Ambassador Robert B. Oakley, and Washington Post's Steve Coll.

  • March 1, 2004 Washington, D.C.
    Martyrdom and Jihad

    A panel discussion with Carnegie Senior Associate Martha Brill Olcott, Carnegie Visiting Scholar Husain Haqqani, Carnegie Moscow Associate Alexei Malashenko, and David Cook, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University.

  • December 8, 2003 Kuwait
    The Role Of Islamic Groups in the Political Reform Process

    Participants from across the Middle East joined U.S. and European scholars and policy-makers at a three-day conference in Kuwait, to discuss the role of Islamist groups in Arab political reform. While suspicious of the U.S., most participants professed support for democratic principles and expressed interest in continuing the dialogue.

  • July 24, 2003
    Iraq: What Do We Do Now?

    Event based on the FP-Carnegie special report, "From Victory to Success." Event included remarks by Sen. Richard Lugar. Click for audio and video of his remarks.

  • April 29, 2003 Washington, D.C.
    The Impact of the Iraq War on Politics in the Islamic World

    Discussants discuss the consequences of regime change in Iraq on countries in the Middle East and Central and South Eastern Asia.

  • October 11, 2002
    Pakistan Has Voted - Now What?

    Experts debrief the October 10 Pakistani elections and discuss the long-term implications of their outcome for Pakistan and South Asia. Click link to listen to audio.
    Click here for a summary of the event.


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