Hassan Abbas

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Professor of International Security Affairs and Department Chair of Regionsl and Analytical Studies


National Defense University, Washington DC, USA



Mailing Address

College of International Security Affairs,
National Defense University,
Fort McNair, Washington DC

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 508-308-0576

Countries of Specialization

Pakistan, Adghanistan, Iraq, Iran


MA Political Science (Punjab University) 1997;
LLM (International Law), University of Nottingham, 1999;
MALD from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2002.
PhD from from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2007.

Research Interests

Religious extremism & terrorism in South Asia & Middle East; Islamic laws of
armed conflict; nuclear proliferation

Teaching Interests

History, politics & religion in South Asia; Law enforcement & national security; Islam and Islamic activism


- " The Taliban Revival: Violence and Extremism in the Pakistan - Afghanistan Frontier", Yale University Press, 2014.

- "Pakistan's Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army and America's War on
Terror", M E Sharpe, NY, USA (September 2004).
- "Poleaxe or politics of the Eighth Amendment 1985-97", Watandost
Publishers (December 1998), Lahore, Pakistan.

For details about publications, see:
1. http://asiasociety.org/hassan-abbas
2. http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/experts/850/hassan_abbas.html

1) "Policing Pakistan: A Quest for Justice", Lawyers Without Borders
Newsletter, August 2004.
2) "Ousting of Saddam Regime will not be a delicate matter", Boston
Herald, March 29, 2003.
3) "Afghanistan in search of its lost identity: Can a robust peacekeeping
operation help?", Juripolis, University of Tech de Monterrey, Mexico.
4) "Constitutional Autocracy in Pakistan", Weekly Independent, Pakistan,
August 29-September 4, 2002.
5) "Iraq: Some thoughts for America's hawks", Encounter section, Dawn,
Pakistan, August 17, 2002.
6) "What Powell needs to know", Encounter section, Dawn, Pakistan, July
27, 2002.
7) "Pakistan owes an apology to Bangladesh", Weekly Independent, Lahore,
Pakistan, July 17-23. Also, carried by the Daily Star, Dhaka, August 4,
8) "Kicking up dust in Kashmir", The Washington Times, June 14, 2002.
9) "Musharraf is the best bet for United States", Boston Globe, February
14, 2002.
10) "U.S.- Pakistan Relations: Pendulum still swinging", The Fletcher
Forum, Vol.26:1, winter 2002.
11) "Afghanistan must find its lost identity", Boston Herald, December
30, 2001.
12) "Requisite leadership traits for Hamid Karzai", The Nation, Pakistan,
December 30, 2001.
13) "US's misdirected South Asia Policy", The News, Pakistan, December 30,
14) "Kashmir as a peace bridge: An idea whose time has come", The News,
November 20, 2001.
15) "The 'Rent-A-Son' agencies", The News, Pakistan, November 28, 2001.
16) "Countering Osama's PR Campaign", The News, Pakistan, November 13,
17) "Reading the Laden mind", Weekly Independent, Lahore, Pakistan,
October 18-24, 2001.
18) "Hijacking Islam", Weekly Independent, Lahore, Pakistan, October
11-17, 2001.
19) "Terrorists' actions are an attempt to hijack Islam", Boston Herald,
September 30, 2001.
20) "Iran: The same old story", Fletcherledger, Vol. 2, No. 11, March 28,
21) "Collective Security: Under International Law or International
Peacekeeping and International Relations September-December 1999, 1999:
22) "Military Courts in Pakistan", Human Rights Center Review, University
of Nottingham, UK, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1999.


religious extremism ; terrorism ; Islamic laws ; armed conflicts ; security studies ; ...