Shamila N. Chaudhary

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Shamila N. Chaudhary
Other namesShamila Chaudary Shamila Choudhary
Known forForeign policy expert

Shamila N. Chaudhary is a Senior South Asia Fellow at New America and Senior Advisor to Dean Vali Nasr at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is a foreign policy expert specializing in U.S. counterterrorism and national security issues, U.S.-Pakistan relations, Pakistan internal politics, and regional issues in South Asia.[1][2][3]

She worked on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka at the political risk consulting firm Eurasia Group from 2011-2013.[4] From April 2010 until July 2011, she served as Pakistan Director at the National Security Council.[2] to that she served as a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff and as a senior adviser to Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, beginning in February 2009.[5] Chaudhary rose through the ranks at the State Department after impressing Secretary Hillary Clinton with her knowledge and outspoken nature during a briefing.[6]

Chaudhary's writings cover United States foreign policy, counterterrorism, and national security issues in South Asia in addition to other diverse topics such as energy policy[7] and feminism & national identity.[8] She is a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy [9] and her work has also been featured in The Washington Post,[10] Current History,[11] The Daily Beast,[12] and the BBC.[13]

Chaudhary earned an M.A. in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service and a B.A. in English Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of Toledo.[14] She was a 1999 David L. Boren National Security Education Program (NSEP) Fellow and studied Urdu in Lahore, Pakistan as part of her fellowship. Chaudhary and her husband established the Chaudhary-Steinitz Research grant at University of Toledo to support undergraduate students studying issues related to Pakistan.[15]


  1. ^ "The Boardroom - Philly". Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  2. ^ a b "Names: State's Chaudhary to NSC". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  3. ^ "Shamila Chaudhary". New America. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  4. ^ "Eurasia Group". 2012-10-23. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  5. ^ "Lobby of one - The National Newspaper". 2009-07-26. Archived from the original on 2009-07-26. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  6. ^ "Hillary Rodham Clinton widens her circle at the State Department". 2010-03-11. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  7. ^ "Iran to India Natural Gas Pipeline". 2001-06-24. Archived from the original on 2001-06-24. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  8. ^ Shamila N. Chaudhary, "Foreign Feminists: The Roles of Feminists and the Women's Movement in Pakistan” in New Perspectives on Pakistan: Visions for the Future, Oxford University Press, 2008.
  9. ^ "Shamila N. Chaudhary" Foreign Policy.
  10. ^ "‘The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014’ by Carlotta Gall" Washington Post.
  11. ^ "Perspective: In Pakistan, a New Focus for Counterterrorism" Current History.
  12. ^ "Shamila N. Chaudhary" The Daily Beast.
  13. ^ "Viewpoints: The impact of elections in Pakistan" BBC.
  14. ^ "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: Shamila Chaudhary". Retrieved 2018-02-14.

External links[edit]

  • Rob Asghar, "Pakistani-Americans: A Chance for "These People" to Make a Difference"[1]