Mehlaqa Samdani
  • Female
  • Longmeadow, MA
  • United States
  • Conflict analysis and peacebuilding
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Mehlaqa Samdani recently joined the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding as a Peacebuilding Associate, where she explores the role of civil society in addressing extremism and militancy in Pakistan.

She has previously worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Samdani also managed a political education project in Lahore and has researched and worked in various conflict settings around the world.
Her 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. Samdani is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Denver. She is a Pakistani citizen who lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
individual (professional)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
South Asia, Middle East
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
United States
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Conflict analysis and peacebuilding
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Diplomacy, Gender, Interfaith, Peacebuilding, Security, Terrorism
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Research, Qualitative Skills
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
I am currently exploring the role of civil society in combating militancy
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
Detainees and the Death of Due Process Process in Pakistan
Foreign Policy (AfPak Channel)
|April 8, 2011
Authors: Mehlaqa Samdani

Does Pakistan Have a Civilian Strategy?
Foreign Policy (AfPak Channel)
|July 9, 2010
Authors: Mehlaqa Samdani

Election Season Ends: The Drama Surrounding Afghanistan's Runoff Poll
CSIS Critical Questions
|November 3, 2009
Authors: Mehlaqa Samdani, Hardin Lang

Is a Fair Election in Afghanistan Possible?
New York Times
|October 21, 2009
Authors: Mehlaqa Samdani, Karin Von Hippel

Between Bush and Bin Laden
Far Eastern Economic Review
|July 24, 2008
Authors: Mehlaqa Samdani

A New Course for Pakistan
CSIS Special Report
|May 14, 2008
Authors: Mehlaqa Samdani, Frederick Barton, Karin Von Hippel

An Islamic-Western Alliance Against Sectarianism in Iraq
Common Ground News Service
|October 24, 2006
Authors: Mehlaqa Samdani

Promote Iraqi Women's Rights within an Islamic Framework
Christian Science Monitor
|October 14, 2005
Authors: Mehlaqa Samdani, Isobel Coleman

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