The Global Initiative Network

GIN Member

Dr Samina Ahmed

South Asia Director and Senior Advisor, International Crisis Group

Samina Ahmed is Project Director, South Asia and Senior Advisor Asia for the International Crisis Group. Her work focuses on security and stability issues in South Asia, including security sector and criminal justice reform; insurgencies, militancy and jihadism; democratization, authoritarianism and governance; refugees and humanitarian crises; and the risks of regional conflict.

Ahmed has a Ph.D. in Political Science and an MA in International Relations from the Australian National University. Prior to joining Crisis Group, she was a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and senior research analyst at the Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad. She was a visiting researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC, the Stockholm Peace Research Institute, and Oxford University.

  • “Counter-terrorism Challenges in Pakistan”, Shanthie Mariet D’Souza and Rajshree Jetly, eds, Perspectives on South Asian Security. World Scientific, Singapore, 2013.
  • “Pakistan’s Relations with India: Implications for U.S. Policy”, Nicholas Burns and Jonathon Price, eds., American Interests in South Asia: Building a Grand Strategy in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, The Brookings Institute, 2011.
  • “Reviving State Legitimacy in Pakistan, Simon Chesterman”, Michael Ignatieff and Ramesh Thakur, eds., Making States Work: State Failure and the Crisis of Governance . Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2005.
  • “Post-Taliban Afghanistan and South Asia Security”, Ramesh Thakur and Oddney Wiggen, eds., South Asia in the World. Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2004.
  • “Regional Dimensions of Political Crises in South Asia”, Purnendra Jain, Greg O’Leary and Felix Patrikeeff, eds., Crisis and Conflict in Asia: Local, Regional and International Responses. New York: Nova Science, 2002.
  • “Military Confidence Building Measures in South Asia: Potential, Possibilities and Limitations”, Dipankar Banerjee, ed., CBMs in South Asia: Potential and Possibilities. Colombo: Regional Center for Strategic Studies, 2000.
  • “Reforming Pakistan’s police and judiciary: The future of law and order: six possible scenarios”, Pakistan: The End of Exceptionalism?, European Institute for Security Studies, Report No. 12, October 2012.
  • “Pakistan and Afghanistan—Prospects for Stability”, Political Islam: Challenges for U.S. Policy (Congressional Program), the Aspen Institute, Vol.23, June 2008.
  • “Governance and Radical Islam in Pakistan and Afghanistan”, Political Islam: Challenges for U.S. Policy (Congressional Program), the Aspen Institute), Vol.19, No.4, May 2004.
  • “The United States and Terrorism in Southwest Asia: September 11 and Beyond”, International Security, 26, no. 3, Winter 2001/02.
  • Ahmed, S., and Das, S. (1998) Movements of People, Ideas, Trade and Technology: Towards a Peaceful Coexistence of India and Pakistan, CMC Occasional Papers, 1, no. 2.

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