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Name: Haqqani, Husain
Current Position: Ambassador

Husain Haqqani has served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the US since April 2008. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Karachi.

Haqqani began his career as a journalist, contributing opinion pieces and articles to dozens of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Financial Times in London, International Herald Tribune, South China Morning Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, Gulf News and Le Monde. In the early 1980s, he covered the war in Afghanistan for Voice of America radio, served as the Pakistan and Afghanistan correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review, and worked in Hong Kong as the East Asian correspondent for the London-based Arabia: the Islamic World Review during the 1980s. He has also been a syndicated columnist for the Indian Express and the Daily Star in Bangladesh, among other publications. Haqqani has appeared regularly on television news shows for BBC, CNN, NBC, PBS, CBS and ABC, commenting on Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Asian affairs, and Islamic politics and radicalism.

In his governmental and political career, Haqqani worked on the campaign for the IJI alliance led by Nawaz Sharif (1988) and the parliamentary election campaign for the Peoples Democratic Front party led by Benazir Bhutto (1993). He served as special assistant to Prime Minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi in 1990, special assistant and principal spokesman for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (1990-1992), Pakistani ambassador to Sri Lanka (1992-1993), spokesman to Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and federal secretary for information and broadcasting (1993-1995), and as chairman of the House Building Finance Corp. (1995-1996).
Beginning in 2004, Haqqani worked as an associate professor for international relations at Boston University, co-chair of the Project on Islam and Democracy at the Hudson Institute in Washington, and editor of the journal Current Trends in Islamists Ideology. Among his writing credits are “Pakistan Between Mosque and Military” for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2005), “Islam’s Medieval Outposts” for Foreign Policy (2003), and “The Role of Islam in Pakistan’s Future” for Washington Quarterly (2004-2005).
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