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Samina Ahmed

South Asia Project Director, International Crisis Group

September 28th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Terrorism, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia
Languages: English, Urdu
Field of Work: Non-Governmental, Think tank/Research center
City: Islamabad
Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia


Samina Ahmed Samina AhmedDr. Samina Ahmed is South Asia Project Director for the International Crisis Group. She is a specialist on South Asian affairs, particularly the insurgencies in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

She oversees Crisis Group’s work in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nepal. Together with a network of analysts throughout the region, she prepares reports on the political, social, economic and military factors that increase the risks of extremism, internal conflict and war, and she makes policy recommendations to overcome these threats.

In general, her team focuses on political, security and stability issues in South Asia, including problems of authoritarianism; Islamic extremism, domestic and regional terrorism; educational, judicial, and security sector reform; international involvement and intervention in the region, including US relations with authoritarian states; and domestic insurgencies and the risk of inter-state conflict.

She also frequently briefs representatives of foreign ministries and international organisations, and is regularly involved in advocacy efforts internationally.

Dr. Ahmed was Research Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government from 1999-2001, and Senior Research Analyst at the Institute of Regional Studies from 1990-1997. She holds a DPhil in political science from Australian National University.

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