Hassan Abbas, Ph.D.
Department of Regional and Analytical Studies
• MALD and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
• LL.M. in International Law from Nottingham University, United Kingdom, as a Britannia Chevening Scholar
• Master’s in Political Science from Punjab University (Pakistan)
• Politics, security and religion in South Asia
• Politics, Islam & U.S. Relations with Muslim States
• Law Enforcement and Police Reforms in Developing States
Hassan Abbas is 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.
Abbas regularly appears as an analyst on media including CNN, ABC, BBC, C-Span and GEO TV (Pakistan). His opinion pieces and research articles have been published in various leading international newspapers and academic publications. Abbas’ well acclaimed book Pakistan's Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army and America's War on Terror (M E Sharpe, 2004) remains on bestseller lists in Pakistan and India and his forthcoming book is titled Taliban Revival (Yale University Press, 2012). He also runs WATANDOST, a blog on Pakistan and its neighbors' related affairs. His latest publications include an Asia Society study group report titled Pakistan 2020: A Vision for Building a Better Future (May 2011) and Shiism and Sectarian Conflict in Pakistan: Identity Politics, Iranian Influence, and Tit-for-Tat Violence, a monograph published by Combating Terrorism Center, Westpoint, N.Y. (September 2010).
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