Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. He has served as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and was the First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
Ahmed belonged to the senior Civil Service of Pakistan and was the Pakistan High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland. Previously, Ahmed was the Iqbal Fellow (Chair of Pakistan Studies) and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge, and has also taught at Harvard and Princeton Universities.
He is the author of over a dozen award-winning books including a quartet of studies published by Brookings Press examining relations between the West and the World of Islam after 9/11.
Ahmed is interviewed regularly on CNN, NPR, BBC, and Al-Jazeera. His numerous articles have appeared in, among many others The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and LA Times.
Former Ambassador and Chair of Islamic Studies at American University
Areas of Expertise: Islamic Studies, Foreign Policy, Civil Service, Middle East and North Africa, Politics, Islamist Movements
Location: Washington, D.C
Contact Information: To set up an interview with Dr. Ahmed, contact Program Coordinator, Harrison Akins.
Phone: (202) 450-8824
Heard on NPR Morning Edition: How the War On Terror’ Became A War On Tribal Islam”
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