Dr Farzana Shaikh

Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme

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Farzana Shaikh provides regular analysis on current political and economic conditions in Pakistan.

She is presently involved in helping to frame a research project on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor for the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House.

Dr Shaikh has held a number of academic teaching positions in the UK, Europe and the United States, and been appointed to senior research fellowships at the University of Cambridge and the Institutes of Advanced Study in Princeton and Paris.

She has written widely on Pakistan’s domestic and foreign policies and is the author most recently of Making Sense of Pakistan (2009, 2018).

Dr Shaikh is a frequent media commentator on Pakistan and is a regular speaker at conferences and meetings on Pakistan in the UK and abroad.

She has also testified before the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir.

She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York.

Past experience

2005 - present Associate Fellow, Chatham House
1997 - present Consultant on South Asia for the Emergency and Security Services (ESS) of the UNHCR
2006-07 Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
2003-08 Associate, Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
2003 Guest Lecturer, University of Basle, Switzerland
2002-03 Lecturer in South Asian Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
2002 Guest Lecturer, University of Pavia, Italy
1990-96 Managing editor for South Asia, Keesing’s Record of World Events
1984-90 Research Fellow in Politics, Clare Hall, Cambridge
1983 PhD in Political Science, Columbia University, New York