S. Azmat Hassan

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Syed Azmat Hassan is a former Ambassador of Pakistan and a former senior faculty associate of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, specializing in Diplomacy and Middle Eastern studies. Currently, he is associated with the Lahore University of Management Sciences in its Humanities and Social Sciences Department. He was born on August 7, 1944 in Sialkot, Pakistan to Syed Fida and Zeenat Hassan.[citation needed]


Syed Azmat Hassan studied at St. Anthony's High School in Lahore. In 1963 he was awarded a B.A. degree in Economics, Political Science and History by the University of the Punjab and in 1966 he obtained an M.A. in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He gained an M.Sc. in Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, in 1984.[1]

Civil service[edit]

Since 1968, Hassan's civil service assignments have included ambassadorships in Malaysia, Syria (with responsibility for Lebanon) and Morocco. He has also served as Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York City. He has been an Additional Secretary for foreign affairs and defense issues at the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, where he also served as head of the Middle East desk and as Director-General of the Afghanistan Division.[2]

At the 1991 Food and Agriculture Organization conference in Rome, Hassan represented Pakistan as Additional Secretary.[3] He was elected a joint vice-chairman at a conference convened by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 1994 to adopt the Convention on Nuclear Safety.[4]


After ending his civil service career, Hassan joined the School of Diplomacy and International Relations in fall 2000 as an Adjunct Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations. He taught courses on the modern Middle East and Afghanistan and represented the School in numerous conferences.[citation needed]

Hassan became associated with the Lahore University of Management Sciences in 2006. There he taught a number of courses as an Adjunct Faculty member, and later as full-time Visiting Faculty.[citation needed]

Role in the Lawyers' Movement[edit]

In 2008, Hassan and 25 other former ambassadors were co-signatories to a letter to the newly formed federal government that demanded the immediate restoration of deposed judges. They regretted the delay in abiding by the Murree Declaration and said there was no need to link restoration of the judges with constitutional amendments to reform the judiciary.[5]

Other affiliations[edit]

Hassan has been associated with various organizations, think-tanks, etc. He is Senior Adviser, Board Of Sponsors, Center For War / Peace Studies.[6] He is also associated with the Global Peace Foundation[7] and serves on the boards of organizations including the New Jersey Division of the UNA-USA,[8] and the Center for UN Reform Education.[citation needed]

Publications and presentations[edit]

Hassan had been invited speaker at various fora in the United States, Germany,[9] Malaysia, and Pakistan. He is also a frequent commentator on international affairs for television and radio. Hassan also writes widely on foreign affairs for the press. His articles and perspectives have appeared in the Daily Record (New Jersey), the Star-Ledger (New Jersey) and Dawn (Pakistan), The Daily Journalist,[10] The Huffington Post.[1][2] Among his publications and presentations are:

  • Countering Violent Extremism: The fate of the Tamil Tigers EastWest Institute New York; May 14, 2009[11]
  • Keynote Essay: 'Some Reflections on Pakistan' in 'Home and the World:South Asia in Transition' Cambridge Scholars Press[1][12] (This essay was in response to Shashi Tharoor's Opening Keynote for the 2005 Conference on South Asia at Rutgers University)
  • Presentation: 'Faith and Diversity: Toward a Global Ethic for Inclusive and Moderate Societies' at Global Peace Convention, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia; December 6, 2013.[13]
  • Presentation: 'Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS)' on October 22, 2014.[14]
  • Guest Speaker: Lecture on 'Progress of the United States-Pakistani Coalition Against Terrorism'; The Guarini Center for Governmental Affairs lecture series in the Pope Lecture Hall on September 23, 2004.[15]
  • Essay: 'The United Nations in an era of globalization' in 'Multilateral diplomacy and the United Nations today' by edited by James P. Muldoon, Jr. ... [et al.] Westview Press, c2005,2nd ed.[16]
  • Lecture: 'Faith and Action at the Crossroads: The Role of Faith Leaders in the Public Square Today', at Global Peace Leadership Conference, Washington DC; September 2013.[17][18]


  1. ^ a b c "Azmat Hassan | LinkedIn". linkedin.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b "The Daily Journalist Club". 
  3. ^ "List of delegates and observers (continued) - IRAQ". fao.org. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  4. ^ "INFCIRC/449/Add.1 - Convention on Nuclear Safety". iaea.org. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  5. ^ "26 ex-envoys regret delay in deposed judges' reinstatement". The Nation. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  6. ^ "who we are | Center for War/Peace Studies". cwps.org. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Amb. S. Azmat Hassan | Global Peace Foundation". globalpeace.org. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  8. ^ "UNA-NY: Worldview Institute Faculty". unanyc.org. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Ambassador Hassan delivered a Lecture at University of Passau in January, 2012". lums.edu.pk. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  10. ^ "Azmat Hassan - Think Research Expose | Think Research Expose". thedailyjournalist.com. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Countering Violent Extremism: The Fate of the Tamil Tigers | EastWest Institute". eastwest.ngo. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  12. ^ "Home and the World South Asia in Transition". 
  13. ^ "[Ambassador Hassan] Speech: Presentation by Ambassador S. Azmat Hassa...". 2013-12-18. 
  14. ^ "Ambassador S. Azmat Hassan on the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) | Journal of Diplomacy". Journal of Diplomacy. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  15. ^ "Guarini Center Lecture Series features former Pakistani Ambassador - Saint Peter's University Alumni". alumni.saintpeters.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  16. ^ Muldoon, James P.; Aviel, Joann Fagot; Reitano, Richard; Sullivan, Earl (2005-01-01). Multilateral diplomacy and the United Nations today (2nd ed.). Westview Press. 
  17. ^ Global Peace Foundation (2014-10-08), Amb. Azmat Hassan Speaks on the Role of Interfaith in the Public Square, retrieved 2016-01-31 
  18. ^ "Amb. Azmat Hassan Speaks at Concurrent Session on Interfaith | Global Peace Foundation". globalpeace.org. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 

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