Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli

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Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli
Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli
Born Hyderabad, India[1]
Residence Islamabad, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani-American
Fields International Relations
Institutions Council on Foreign Relations
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Johns Hopkins University
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
United States Department of State
Alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University
University of Pennsylvania
Known for Ambassador of the United States
her efforts in Women development in Pakistan
Note that she is the daughter of the eminent physicist Dr. Raziuddin Siddiqui.

Dr. Prof. Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli is a Pakistani-American political scientist and an Ambassador. In 2008, she was the senior advisor for women's empowerment to the United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice[2] and was Senior director for Democracy, Human Rights and International Operations at the UN Security Council from 2003-2005. She has served 5 Republican presidential administrations since 1980.

Academic career[edit]

Prior to her appointment, Tahir-Kheli was a research professor at Johns Hopkins University Foreign Policy Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, DC, where she was the founding Director of the South Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Institute. Tahir-Kheli was an alternate United States representative to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs serving from 1990 to 1993. She also served as Director of Political Military Affairs and then as Director of Near East and South Asian Affairs from 1984 to 1989 with the National Security Council staff. From 1982 to 1984, Tahir-Kheli was a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State.


Ambassador Tahir-Kheli has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Daughter of the scientist[edit]

Ambassador Tahir-Kheli is the daughter of eminenet theoretical physicist, scientist, mathematician and educator Dr. Muhammad Raziuddin Siddiqui who migrated to Pakistan from Hyderabad, India.


  1. ^ Ms. Shirin Tahir-Kheli: Her past, present & future -South Asia Analysis Group
  2. ^ "Biography of Shirin Tahir-Kheli -- Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State," White House

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