Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Aqil Shah, Fahd Humayun & Niloufer Siddiqui — Political Crisis in Pakistan

Friday, September 8, 2023

2:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street 

Join us for Political Crisis in Pakistan with subject matter experts: Aqil Shah, Fahd Humayun, and Niloufer Siddiqui. 

Aqil Shah is an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His research interests include democratic transitions, military coups, institutional norms and South Asian security issues. His work has appeared in International Security, Democratization, Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, the Journal of Democracy, Foreign Affairs and Asian Survey as well as several edited volumes. He is the author of The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan (Harvard University Press, 2014).

Fahd Humayun is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, studying the domestic causes of security crises and international conflict, with a regional focus on South Asia. In his research, he problematises existing theories of democratic accountability for foreign policy setbacks, which he argues fail to consider the competitive dynamics of weakly-institutionalised democratic polities that select into external crisis. In other work he traces the effect of political representation on crisis behaviour and executive hawkishness. His research has been supported by the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, the Yale South Asian Studies Council, International Security Studies at Yale, and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS).

Niloufer Siddiqui is an assistant professor of political science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany-State University of New York (SUNY). She is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center and a Fellow at the Mahbub ul Haq Centre at LUMS. Her research interests include political violence, political behavior, the politics of religion and ethnicity, voters and foreign policy, and the politics of South Asia. She is the author of Under the Gun: Political Parties and Violence in Pakistan (Cambridge University Press 2022). Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Party Politics, ​International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Politics & Religion, among others. Her Conflict Management and Peace Science article received the 2020 Glenn Palmer Prize from the Peace Science Society.  


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