Harris Samad is the assistant director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. His interests and work focus primarily on the regional geopolitics of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations; illicit finance and smuggling in Afghanistan and the ongoing Afghan peace process; civil-military relations in Pakistan; and the role of structural inequalities in conflict in South Asia and the Middle East.
Previously, Harris worked as a conflict resolution fellow at Georgetown University, where he focused on the effects of development assistance on economic and human security outcomes between strategically and non-strategically related allies. He also worked previously at the Embassy of Iraq in Washington, DC as well as with NGO Legacy International.
Harris has an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University as well as a B.A. in Political Science, History, and Global Studies in Conflict and Conflict Resolution from the University of Pittsburgh. He speaks intermediate Arabic.