Press Release for Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Ambassador Husain Haqqani Discusses Islam at UNF Lecture

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Ambassador Husain Haqqani, a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., will discuss “The Civil War of Ideas in Islam,” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the University of North Florida’s University Center. This lecture is co-hosted by UNF and the World Affairs Council.

The public can order tickets for this free lecture, sponsored by The Winston Family Foundation, online at Click on the 2006 Lectures link. World Affairs Council members can reserve complimentary tickets by calling (904) 280-8162.

Haqqani is the director of the Center for International Relations, co-chairman of the Hudson Institute’s Project on Islam and Democracy and an associate professor at Boston University. He also has had a distinguished career in government, serving as an advisor to Pakistani Prime ministers Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto. From 1992 to 1993, Haqqani was Pakistan's ambassador to Sri Lanka.

He has written and spoken extensively on U.S. relations with the Muslim world. His book, “Pakistan between Mosque and Military” was published in July 2005. Additionally, he has contributed to numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, The New Republic and The Financial Times. Haqqani regularly comments on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Islamic politics and extremism on CNN, NBC, ABC, Fox News, C-Span and the BBC.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Haqqani acquired traditional Islamic learning, as well as a modern education in international relations. He began a career in journalism as an East Asian correspondent for Arabia - The Islamic World Review during the turbulent years following the Iranian revolution. During this period, he wrote extensively on Muslims in China and East Asia plus Islamic political movements. Later, as a Pakistan and Afghanistan correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, he covered the war in Afghanistan and acquired a deep understanding of militant Islamist Jihadi groups.

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