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Mehlaqa Samdani is founder and director at Critical Connections, an independent organization in western Massachusetts that seeks to improve understanding of the Muslim world through dialogue, analysis, and outreach. She is also a faculty member at the School for International Training in Vermont, where she teaches conflict transformation and peacebuilding at a low-residency graduate certificate program.
Previously, Samdani worked as an adjunct fellow with the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and a research analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York where she focused on women’s empowerment in the Muslim world. She has researched and worked in various conflict and transitional settings such as Pakistan, the Sudan, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Israel/Palestine. She has also been involved with civil society-based peace initiatives between India and Pakistan.
Samdani’s writings have been published in the New York Times, Foreign Policy (AfPak Channel), Christian Science Monitor, Daily Times (Pakistan) etc. and she has been invited as a guest on NPR, KCBS and news channels in Pakistan. She is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Denver.
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individual (professional), local NGO, think tank
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South Asia, Middle East, United States
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Director, Critical Connections
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