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).
November 06, 2013South Asia Center Director Shuja Nawaz is quoted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on who will follow Hakimullah Mehsud as leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan:
November 04, 2013Since it was announced last month that Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, would be retiring, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has kept the country dangling on his choice, creating a new parlor game for the chattering classes in the process. General…
November 04, 2013Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center, writes for the New York Times' India Ink on replacing Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani:
November 01, 2013A relationship that has been described as a rollercoaster ride or tagged as a deal between "frenemies" appears to have been rejuvenated with a fresh infusion of bonhomie. Some might describe it similar to the Liz Taylor-Richard Burton marriages: shouting…
November 01, 2013South Asia Center Director Shuja Nawaz speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep on the latest news on US drone policy in Pakistan: