Hussain Nadim's areas of research include Counterterrorism and Counter radicalization in the AfPak region, US-Pakistan relations, and electoral politics of Pakistan. He has previously consulted local and national political parties, and several government agencies in Pakistan on issues of security and foreign policy.

Hussain obtained his BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and his MPhil from the University of Cambridge where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. He has also been a research fellow at the University of Oxford.