Farhana Qazi is an internationally renowned expert on terrorism, specializing in Pakistan, Afghanistan and women in war. Currently, she is a senior instructor for Pakistan on the AFPAK Regional Training Team, responsible for designing a variety of training courses for the U.S. military and other government audiences. Born in Pakistan, Qazi grew up in Texas, and speaks Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, French, and is proficient in modern standard Arabic. She provides a unique insight into Pakistan, given her cultural, ethnic and linguistic heritage. She also instructs at the National Defense University and U.S. Central Command, and participates in senior-level training courses, or “deep dives,” on specific subjects such as “Governance and Justice of Pakistan.”
Before 9/11, Qazi was the first American Muslim woman to serve in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterterrorist Center, where she provided support to senior administration officials and worked across the U.S. military and diplomatic community. She joined the RAND Corporation in August 2005 as an international policy analyst, and managed several research projects inside Pakistan, including an examination of the madrasa educational system, the security dynamics in Kashmir and the role of women in leading Islamist movements.
Qazi’s editorial “Where is the Revolt in Pakistan?” for Reuters in May 2011 received international attention, and her previous publications on the female suicide bomber trend in Iraq have prompted action by senior U.S. policymakers at the U.S. embassy and the Multi-National Force – Iraq in Baghdad. Her articles and reviews have also appeared in many well-known publications, including the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, The Middle East Times and The Washington Post, as well as academic journals in the United States and Pakistan. She also has been featured on CNN, BBC, PBS, Al Jazeera, FOX, NPR, Voice of America, and other media all over the world, including Pakistani state television.
Qazi is a member of the Political Science Association, International Studies Association and Women in International Security, and a guest of the American Psychological Association. She is a graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and the Security Policy Studies program at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.