IPRI – Islamabad Policy Research Institute

IPRI Distinguished Lecture Series: GAUGING TERRORISM THREATS IN POST-WITHDRAWAL AFGHANISTAN IMPLICATIONS FOR PAKISTAN: FUTURE SCENARIOS

Distinguished Speaker: Dr. Hassan Abbas

Dr. Hassan Abbas is Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the Near East South Asia Strategic Studies Centre (NESA), National Defense University in Washington DC. He serves as a senior advisor at Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a senior fellow at the Centre of Global Policy, a think tank focusing on intersection of U.S. foreign policy and Muslim geopolitics. His current research work focuses on building narratives for countering political and religious extremism & rule of law reforms in developing states.


Discussant: Nasim Zehra

National Security Expert; Senior Anchor, Channel24 Pakistan

Moderator: Dr. Farah Naz
Assistant Professor, NUST

Dr Farah Naz is Assistant Professor at the Department of Government and Public Policy, National University of Sciences and Technology. She is recognised for her work on extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism, especially in the digital age. She has a decade long experience in academic and policy setting of leading research institutions and provided policy input on the subject to the Government of Pakistan and Australia.

She has published and presented extensively in numerous journals, policy outlets and international conferences.

She has a PhD from the University of Sydney and MPhil from National Defense University. For her work on countering violent extremism at the digital age, she is recognized and received Distinguished Endeavour Leadership Award from the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

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