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Hassan Abbas

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Hassan Abbas is a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and a Research Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center, in the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program. His research interests are in weapons of mass destruction, specifically Pakistan’s nuclear program, including and the A.Q. Khan controversy; religious extremism in South and Central Asia; and “Islam and the West.”

He wrote Pakistan's Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army, and America's War on Terror.[1]


He received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has an LL.M. in International Law from Nottingham University, UK, where he was a Britannia Chevening Scholar (1999). He also remained a visiting fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School (2002–2003) and later continued as a visiting scholar (2003–2004).


He is a former Pakistani police official who served in the administrations of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (1995–1996) and President Pervez Musharraf (1999– 2000). From that background, he has written about the role of police in counterinsurgency.[2]


  1. Hassan Abbas (2005), Pakistan's Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army, and America's War on Terror, M.E. Sharpe, ISBN 0765614979
  2. Hassan Abbas (April, 2009), ISPU: Police and Law Enforcement Reform in Pakistan, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding