March 27 Program


Husain Haqqani
Ambassador of Pakistan to the U.S. 2008-2011
“Afghanistan and Pakistan after the U.S. Withdrawal”

Husain Haqqani is a Pakistani scholar and public figure who most recently served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011. He is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism. Haqqani started his public life as an Islamist student leader and has, over the years, emerged as a strong voice for democracy and civilian control of the military in Pakistan and an exponent of liberal values in the Muslim world.  His distinguished career in government includes serving as an advisor to three Pakistani Prime ministers, including Benazir Bhutto, who described him as a loyal friend in her last book ‘Reconciliation.’ He also served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka in 1992-93.
Ambassador Haqqani is the author of the book ‘Pakistan between Mosque and Military’ and hundreds of articles published in major international newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals. He is currently Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute. Haqqani also co-edits the journal ‘Current Trends in Islamist Ideology’ published by Hudson Institute’s Center for Islam, Democracy and Future of the Muslim World. His latest publication is an article in the March/April 2013 edition of Foreign Affairs entitled “Breaking Up Is Not Hard to Do: Why the U.S.-Pakistani Alliance Isn’t Worth the Trouble.”
He is also Director of the Center of International Relations, and Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University.
Ambassador Haqqani previously addressed the Tulsa Committee in March 2003.