Director, South Asia Center
TopicsAfghanistan-Pakistan Relations, US-Afghanistan Relations
RegionsCentral Asia, India, Iran, Pakistan, South Asia
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September 29, 2014President Ashraf Ghani took over from President Hamid Karzai in Kabul today in an historic transition. A long dispute over the election result was resolved with a rare compromise that brought Dr. Ghaniâ€™s opponent, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, into government inâ€¦
September 27, 2014NBC quotes South Asia Center Director Shuja Nawaz on Pakistan's new intelligence chief, Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar:
September 01, 2014South Asia Center Director Shuja Nawaz joins BBC World News to discuss violent clashes in Islamabad where protesters continue to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif:
August 27, 2014South Asia Center Director Shuja Nawaz writes for Foreign Policy on the mass protests in Pakistan demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Shar
August 14, 2014South Asia Center Director Shuja Nawaz is quoted by the Washington Examiner on President Obama's Afghanistan withdrawal strategy:
Full BioShuja Nawaz, a native of Pakistan, was made the first director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council in January 2009.
He is a political and strategic analyst. Mr. Nawaz writes for leading newspapers and websites and speaks on current topics before civic groups, at think tanks, and on radio and television worldwide. He has worked with RAND, the United States Institute of Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and other leading think tanks on projects dealing with Pakistan and the Middle East. He has also advised or briefed senior government and military officials and parliamentarians in the US, Europe, and Pakistan.
Mr. Nawaz was educated at Gordon College, Rawalpindi, where he obtained a BA in economics and English literature and the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University in New York. He was a newscaster and news and current affairs producer for Pakistan Television from 1967 to 1972 and covered the western front of the 1971 war between Pakistan and India. He has worked for the New York Times, the World Health Organization, and has headed three separate divisions at the International Monetary Fund. He was also a director at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna 1999-2001, while on leave from the IMF. Mr. Nawaz was the managing editor and then editor of Finance & Development, the multilingual quarterly of the IMF and the World Bank. He served on the editorial advisory board of the World Bank Research Observer.
He is the author of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within (Oxford University Press 2008). He is also the principal author of FATA: A Most Dangerous Place (CSIS, Washington DC January 2009), Pakistan in the Danger Zone: A Tenuous US-Pakistan Relationship (Atlantic Council 2010), and Learning by Doing: The Pakistan Army's Experience with Counterinsurgency (Atlantic Council 2011).