Institute of Politics

Husain Haqqani

Former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States

  • Fall 2015 Pritzker Fellow

  • Seminar Series: "Pakistan & the United States: Managing a Difficult Relationship"


A Hudson Institute Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia, Ambassador Husain Haqqani served as Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011 and is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism. His distinguished career in government includes serving as an advisor to four Pakistani Prime ministers, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif and Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi. He also served as Pakistan's Ambassador to Sri Lanka in 1992-93.

Ambassador Haqqani's 2005 book Pakistan Between Mosque and Military has been praised in major international journals and newspapers as a path-breaking book on Pakistan's political history. The book received favorable reviews in Foreign Affairs, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and academic journals and has sold more copies than any other academic book on Pakistan in the last decade.

He is the Director of the Center of International Relations, and a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University. His specializations include Diplomacy, Muslim Political Movements, International Journalism, Intercultural Relations, South Asia, Central Asia, South-East Asia, the Middle East, and U.S.-Pakistan Relations. Along with Hillel Fradkin and Eric Brown, he is co-editor of Hudson's signature journal Current Trends in Islamist Ideology.

Ambassador Haqqani received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in International Relations from the University of Karachi. 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. He- has contributed numerous op-eds and articles to international publications and also regularly comments on television and radio shows.


"Pakistan & the United States: Managing a Difficult Relationship"

Pakistan, once described by President Eisenhower as "the most allied of U.S. allies," is now viewed as one of America’s most difficult international partners. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright described Pakistan as "an international migraine" on account of its nuclear arsenal and its support for Jihadi terrorism. Sitting at the crossroads of the Middle East, South Asia and Central Asia, Pakistan’s strategic location and its complex role in the Muslim world make it critical. American military presence in Afghanistan, the global war on terrorism and deepening U.S. ties with Pakistan’s neighbor and rival India have all enhanced Pakistan’s importance to the U.S. This seminar series examines American policy toward Pakistan and Pakistan’s relationship with the U.S. as a critical issue in contemporary U.S. foreign policy while scrutinizing Pakistan’s foreign and security policies as well as its view of its national interest.

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