Leading Expert on Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Asia Joins Endowment as Visiting Scholar

Husain Haqqani, a leading journalist, diplomat, and former advisor to Pakistani prime ministers, will be a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace through September 2002, announced Jessica Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment. He is a syndicated columnist for The Indian Express and The Nation and serves as chairman of Communications Research Strategies, a Pakistani consulting company.

Haqqani joins Abdujabar Abduvakhitov, Uzbekistan’s leading specialist on Islamic political movements, as part of a group of Carnegie Endowment visiting scholars from Central and South Asia. The initiative is funded by the MacArthur Foundation and designed to enhance the expertise on Islam, Central Asia, and terrorism available to the Carnegie Endowment and the Washington foreign policy community. In addition, Mustapha Al-Sayyid, professor of political science and director of the Center for Developing Countries Studies at Cairo University, will join the Endowment in July as a visiting scholar.

"It is essential for Washington’s policy makers to hear directly from regional experts as the US continues the war in Afghanistan and seeks stability in the region," said Mathews. "We are fortunate to benefit from Husain’s expertise in Central and South Asian foreign policy and politics."

Husain Haqqani’s journalism career includes work as East Asian correspondent for Arabia – The Islamic World Review and Pakistan and Afghanistan correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review. He contributes to numerous international publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Arab News. He regularly comments on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Islamic politics and extremism.

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.