Former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani opening 2014 Global Perspectives Speaker Series at IU

Jan. 27, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011 and the author of a new revealing book about relations between the two countries, will deliver the opening lecture of the spring Global Perspectives Speaker Series on Friday, Jan. 31, at Indiana University Bloomington.

Other speakers in the lecture series, which is presented by the School of Global and International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, will include:

  • Jonathan Jansen, vice chancellor and rector of the University of the Free State in South Africa.
  • Novelist Shauna Singh Baldwin.
  • Thomas Carothers, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace.
  • Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, a professor of practice in the IU School of Global and International Studies.

Haqqani is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism. Today he is a senior fellow and director for South and Central Asia at Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., and a professor of the practice of international relations at Boston University.

He has been a journalist, academic and diplomat in addition to serving as advisor to four Pakistani prime ministers, including the late Benazir Bhutto. His 2005 book "Pakistan Between Mosque and Military" was acclaimed for explaining the roots of Pakistan’s foreign and domestic policies.

His current book, "Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding," came out in late 2013 and offers frank assessments of both the political leaders in his homeland, from which he is exiled today, and the history of American policy there.

Haqqani will speak at 4 p.m. in the State Room East of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. His lecture is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow. His visit to IU is being co-hosted by the Center on American and Global Security.

Shauna Singh Baldwin

Baldwin, a Canadian-American author of Indian descent, will speak at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 the State Room East of the IMU. She is the author or co-author of a half dozen books, including her latest, the novel "The Selector of Souls." Her first novel, "What the Body Remembers," the story of two women in a polygamous marriage in occupied India, received the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book.

Her second novel, "The Tiger Claw," the story of a Sufi Muslim secret agent searching for her beloved through occupied France, was a finalist for Canada's Giller Prize and has been optioned for film.

"English Lessons and Other Stories" received the Friends of American Writers prize. She also is co-author of "A Foreign Visitor's Survival Guide to America" and author of "We Are Not in Pakistan."

Baldwin's lecture also is being presented by the Madhusudan and Kiran C. Dhar India Studies Program.

Jonathan Jansen

Jansen, vice chancellor and rector of the University of the Free State since 2009, will speak at noon March 7 in the auditorium of the IU School of Education, 201 N. Rose Ave. He will speak on the topic, "How to Use Global(ized) Thinking in Breaking Down Barriers to Human Togetherness in a Former White University." A reception will follow.

A former high school biology teacher, Jansen earned a master's degree from Cornell University and a doctorate from Stanford University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford in 2007-08 and was the education dean at the University of Pretoria in South Africa from 2001 to 2007.

He also serves as vice president of the South African Academy of Science and has served on several other boards worldwide, including the Centre for the Study of the Internationalization of Curriculum Studies and the International Commission on the Child. He is the author of several books, including "Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past."

Jansen also is being hosted by the IU School of Education and its Center for Social Studies and International Education, its Higher Education and Student Affairs degree program and its Otting Chair in Special Education; the Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs; and the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs.

Additional information about lectures being presented by Carothers and Lugar will be released later by the School of Global and International Studies on its website.