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News Release

May 21, 2013


Wilson Center Awards Pakistan Scholarship

WASHINGTON -- The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in collaboration with the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan (FFFP), today announced the appointment of Mr. Khurram Husain as the Wilson Center's new Pakistan Scholar. Husain will spend nine months in residence at the Wilson Center beginning September 3, 2013, working on a book on the political economy of reform in Pakistan over the past two decades.    


Husain is a well-known business and economic journalist in Pakistan who has written for numerous local and international media, including the Express Tribune and currently Dawn.  In television his current affiliation is with the BBC.  He has taught at the prestigious Lahore University of Management Sciences, and brings with him a deep familiarity with the workings of Pakistan’s economy and the realities of business and policy decision making. 


Husain will succeed Dr. Simbal Khan, the Wilson Center's 2012-13 Pakistan Scholar.  During her stay at the Center, Khan worked on a book looking at U.S.-Pakistani security ties since the 9/11 attacks.  


The Pakistan Scholar Program is the centerpoint of the Wilson Center's Pakistan initiative. The fellowship competition is open to men and women from Pakistan or of Pakistani origin. Applications are accepted from individuals in academia, business, journalism, government, law, and related professions. Candidates must be currently pursuing research on key public policy issues facing Pakistan, research designed to bridge the gap between the academic and the policymaking worlds. The selection process is a two-tier process, consisting of application evaluation and personal interviews conducted by an independent, international Advisory Council of the FFFP, composed of eminent individuals from the fields of politics, diplomacy, business, economics, academia, and journalism, and followed by final selection by a Wilson Center selection panel.


The Fellowship Fund for Pakistan, a charitable trust based in Karachi, was established in 2003 to provide Pakistan's most eminent thinkers with opportunities to participate in international deliberations on current and future issues facing Pakistan through dialogue with global opinion leaders and policymakers, scholars, and other experts.  FFFP seeks to promote non-partisan scholarship at international forums in order to encourage free, informed, and serious dialogue on issues of public interest.


The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson, created by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C.  The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.