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SouthAsiaSourceAug 3, 2022
Experts react: Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda, killed by US drone strike in Afghanistan
By South Asia Center experts
South Asia Center experts provide their analyses of the US drone strike in Kabul that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda.
Harris Samad is associate director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center as well as co-founder and lead editor of SouthAsiaSource, the Center’s blog on US-South Asia and South Asian affairs. His interests and work focus primarily on US-Pakistan relations; the regional geopolitics of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations; illicit finance and smuggling in Afghanistan; 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.