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Shamila N. Chaudhary is President of the American Pakistan Foundation. As an international affairs analyst specializing in U.S. foreign policy, she serves as Senior South Asia Fellow at the Washington D.C.-based New America think tank and Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council South Asia Center. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council of South Asians for For America, a Leadership Circle member of Foreign Policy for America, and serves on the Leadership Council for Women in National Security.

Her work is regularly cited and published in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, the New York Times and she has frequently appeared on CNN, BBC News America, NPR, Fox News and other outlets. She also writes on American socio-economic and political issues, including immigration, civic engagement, refugee resettlement, and identity politics.

She served as Senior Advisor to Dean Vali Nasr at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies from 2013 to 2019. She worked at the political risk firm Eurasia Group from 2011-2013 where she advised government and private sector clients on political and economic trends in South Asia.

Chaudhary has twelve years of experience working in the U.S. government, including at the White House as Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan on the National Security Council from 2010-2011. Prior to her tenure at the NSC, she served on the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where she advised Secretary Clinton and the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Chaudhary also served on the State Department’s Pakistan Desk from 2007-2009; Indonesia desk from 2004-2007; and worked on democracy and governance issues at the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2000-2004.

Chaudhary earned an M.A. in International Affairs from the American University’s School of International Service and a B.A. in English Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of Toledo. She served twice on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Pakistan and a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Chaudhary is an avid photographer whose work has been featured in The Washington Post as well as local media outlets and galleries in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She is the co-editor of documentary photography book UnPresidented: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the People’s Response.

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1 Comment

  1. Dear Shamila, Greetings from Karachi! Your article on Trump’s tweets vis-a-vis the State Department is rather interesting. In my opinion Trump will redefine the way Politics and International Relations are handled; indeed we will see USA become USA Inc., as Trump has been a businessman all his life, that is the language he understands; the old quote ‘All is fair in love and war’ will need to be updated to read as ‘All is fair in love, war and business’ Your article is very well articulated and spells out the reshaping the State Department will have to undergo; however the one point I don’t agree to is pointing a finger to Pakistan and its connection to terrorism; the fact is that the Taliban was a nexus created by the US. Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to boot out the Russian’s from Afghanistan and once the job was accomplished these mercenaries were left ‘high and dry’ without any fodder hence they turned against their creators and Pakistan is unfortunately bearing the maximum brunt therefore to single out Pakistan is not fair; all the allies in the never ending ‘Afghan War’ are equally to blame. Kind regards. Zahir


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