Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi is Special Adviser for international affairs to Pakistan’s largest media conglomerate, the Jang/Geo Group. She served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US (1993 – 1996, 1999 – 2002) and as High Commissioner to Britain (2003 – 2008). She served as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs from 2001 to 2005. She was the first woman in all of Asia to become the editor of a national newspaper. In 1994 Time magazine nominated her as one of a hundred people in the world who will help shape the 21st century, the only one from Pakistan. Dr. Lodhi is a member of the Council of the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies, a member of the Senate of Pakistan’s National Defense University, serves on the advisory board of the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics and is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum. Dr. Lodhi was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington in 2010 and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School in 2008. She is the recipient of the President’s award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz for Public Service in Pakistan. She is the author of two books: Pakistan’s Encounter with Democracy and The External Challenge. Her latest book, an edited volume titled Pakistan: Beyond the ‘Crisis State,’ was published in 2011


Dr. Farzana Shaikh is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London and a Fellow of the Asian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford. She has published widely on Pakistan and the intellectual history of South Asian Islam, and held lectureships in the UK, the US and Europe. Her books include Community and Consensus in Islam: Muslim Representation in Colonial India, 1860-1947 (1989, 2012) and Making Sense of Pakistan (2009), which was selected by Outlook India in 2014 as one of ‘100 Best Books of All Time’ and by The Guardian in 2010 as one of four ‘essential books’ on Pakistan for Prime Minister Cameron’s government. Her new work explores the politics of Sufism in Pakistan. She is a frequent media commentator on Pakistan and has testified before the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. Born and largely educated in Pakistan, she has a Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York and is a former Research Fellow of Clare Hall Cambridge.


Mr. Moeed Yusuf is the South Asia adviser at the United States Institute of Peace Center in the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention and is responsible for managing the Institute’s Pakistan program. Yusuf will be engaged in expanding USIP’s work on Pakistan to cover aspects that remain critical for the U.S. and Pakistan to better understand the other’s interests and priorities. His current research focuses on youth and democratic institutions in Pakistan, and policy options to mitigate militancy in the country.


Dr. Hassan Abbas is Professor of International Security Studies at National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs. He is also currently a Senior Advisor at Asia Society and a non-resident fellow at Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He remained a Senior Advisor at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2009-2011), after having been a Research Fellow at the Center from 2005-2009. He was the Distinguished Quaid-i-Azam Chair Professor at Columbia University before joining CISA and has previously held fellowships at Harvard Law School and Asia Society in New York . In his authoritative and highly readable account, The Taliban Revival, Dr. Hassan Abbas examines how the Taliban not only survived but adapted to their situation in order to regain power and political advantage.


Ms. Huma Yusuf is a South Asia political risk consultant, media researcher, and digital strategist, and an award-winning Pakistani journalist and policy analyst. She writes for Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper and the International New York Times. She is a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C., and was the Pakistan Scholar there in 2010-11. She is writing a book on the impact of Pakistan’s independent media on politics, extremism, and foreign policy. Huma has contributed policy and security analysis on Pakistan and Afghanistan for think tanks such as the United States Institute of Peace (Washington D.C.), the Jinnah Institute (Islamabad), and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (Oslo). She has also conducted extensive media policy research for organisations such as Open Society Foundations and BBC Media Action.


Dr. Walter Anderson recently retired as chief of the U.S. State Department’s South Asia Division in the Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia; held other key positions within the State Department, including special assistant to the ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and member of the Policy Planning Staff in Washington, D.C.; previously taught at the University of Chicago and the College of Wooster; current research involves Hindu nationalism and India’s assertive foreign policy in the Indian Ocean and its littoral; Ph.D., political science, University of Chicago.


Dr. Ayesha Jalal is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University where she teaches at both the History Department and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She obtained her BA, majoring in History and Political Science, from Wellesley College, USA, and her doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge. Dr Jalal has been Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1980-84), Leverhulme Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge (1984-87).


Professor Touqir Hussain is a former senior diplomat from Pakistan, having served as Ambassador to Brazil, Spain and Japan. He also held senior positions in the Pakistani Foreign Office, including that of Additional Foreign Secretary heading the bureaus of the Middle East and of the Americas and Europe. From 1996 to 1998, he was the Diplomatic Adviser to the Prime Minister. He is Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and the Syracuse University (Washington, D.C., campus). Earlier he also taught at the University of Virginia. He also was a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace from 2004 to 2005, and a Research Fellow with the Center for the Study of Globalization at the George Washington University from 2006 to 2010.


Dr. Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy is a Pakistani nuclear physicist, essayist, and defense analyst. He has also taught at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) where he worked on topics in theoretical applications in the topological insulators, various Hall effects, and Graphene. Dr Hoodbhoy has been professor of nuclear and high-energy physics, and also the head of the Physics Department at the Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU). He graduated and received a PhD from MIT and continues to do research in Particle physics. He received the Baker Award for Electronics in 1968, and the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics in 1984. He has authored various books and scientific research papers. Dr. Hoodbhoy is a prominent social activist and regularly writes on a wide range of social, cultural and environmental issues.


Dr. Marvin G. Weinbaum is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and served as analyst for Pakistan and Afghanistan in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 1999 to 2003. He is currently a scholar-in-residence and Director of the Pakistan Center at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC. Professor Weinbaum has his doctorate from Columbia University in 1965, his MA from the University of Michigan in 1958, and his BA from Brooklyn College in 1957. Dr. Weinbaum has been the recipient of research awards from the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, IREX, the American Political Science Association, and other granting agencies. Dr. Weinbaum has also written more than 100 book chapters and professional journal articles, mostly about Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, but also on Egypt and Turkey. Dr. Weinbaum’s recent publications focus on U.S.-Pakistan relations, Pakistan’s political future, state building and the security challenges in Afghanistan and ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.


Michael Kugelman is the Asia Program Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center, where he is responsible for research, programming, and publications on the region. His main specialty is Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan and U.S. relations with each of them. Mr. Kugelman writes monthly columns for Foreign Policy’s South Asia Channel and monthly commentaries for War on the Rocks. He also contributes regular pieces to the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank blog. He has published op-eds and commentaries in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico,, Bloomberg View, The Diplomat, Al Jazeera, and The National Interest, among others. He has been interviewed by numerous major media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic, BBC, CNN, NPR, and Voice of America. Mr. Kugelman received his M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He received his B.A. from American University’s School of International Service.


Raza Ahmed Rumi is is a Pakistani policy analyst, journalist and an author. Currently, he is visiting faculty at Ithaca College and Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. Raza is Editor, Daily Times, one of Pakistan’s national newspapers. Earlier he was an editor at The Friday Times, a liberal weekly paper for nearly a decade. He is also a columnist at Express Tribune and contributes to several publications across the world. Earlier, he worked in broadcast media as a leading commentator and hosted talk shows at Capital TV and Express News. He was a Director at Jinnah Institute, a public policy think tank and Executive Director of Justice Network- a coalition of NGOs.He is author of ‘Delhi by Heart’ and ‘The Fractious Path: Pakistan’ Democratic Transition published by Harper Collins (2013 and 2016 respectively). In March 2014, he survived an assassination attempt in Pakistan in which his driver died. Shortly thereafter, he left Pakistan and has been affiliated with New America Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, the National Endowment for Democracy. He is a research fellow at Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and The Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cornell University.

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