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Shehryar Fazli

Former Senior Analyst and Regional Editor, South Asia
Islamabad, Pakistan

Crisis Group Role

Shehryar Fazli is the South Asia Regional Editor and Senior Analyst, based in Islamabad. He has held the position since July 2008. Previously, he was South Asia Analyst for Crisis Group from 2003-2005.

Areas of Expertise

  • Rule of law
  • Security sector reform
  • Pakistan-India relations
  • Jihadist militancy and counter-terrorism policy
  • The Federally Administered Tribal Areas
  • Pakistan and Bangladesh domestic politics and security.

Professional Background

  • Lecturer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2005 - 2008);
  • South Asia Analyst, International Crisis Group (2003 - 2005);
  • Program Office, Asia Foundation (2003).
  • BA from McGill University, Philosophy (major) and Political Science (minor), 2002.

Select Publications

Book chapters and journal entries:

  • “Opportunities for Regional Stability: The View from Pakistan”, in Anand Kumar (ed.), The Terror Challenge in South Asia and Prospect of Regional Cooperation, Pentagon Security International, 2011 
  • “Sectarianism and Conflict: The View from Pakistan”, Danish Institute for International Studies, Religion and Violence Series, June 2012. “The Menace of Strangeness”, Journal of International Peace Operations, Volume 7. Number 1, July – August 2011 

Op-eds and analysis:

  • "Bangladeshi leaders must stop politicizing counterterrorism", Nikkei Asian Review, July 6, 2016
  • "Bangladesh government must step back from chaos", Nikkei Asian Review, April 8, 2016
  • “A New Dawn for Pakistan’s Tribal Areas”, Foreign Policy, August 12, 2011
  • “Taming a ‘Strange Land’”, Foreign Policy, June 27, 2011
  • “The English-speaking Tongue”, Dawn, February 24, 2011 
  • “General emergency – President Musharraf’s tenuous grip on power”, Jane’s Intelligence Review, November 15, 2007 

Book reviews and magazine entries: 


  • English (native)
  • French (conversant)
  • Urdu (conversant)

In The News

16 Dec 2016
These organizations [in Bangladesh] — whether they’re jihadists or student wings of parties like Jamaat-e-Islami — they’re becoming more attractive avenues of opposition. Foreign Policy

Shehryar Fazli

Former Senior Analyst and Regional Editor, South Asia

Latest Updates

Op-Ed / Asia

Bangladesh government must step back from chaos

The brutal murder of a law student blogger who had criticized Islamist groups in Bangladesh has underlined the growing power and impunity of the country's extremist rump. The death of Nazumuddin Samad, 28, who was hacked and shot to death on April 7, has also highlighted how the rise of religious extremism is affecting the country's image and its efforts to advance economically.

Originally published in The Nikkei Asian Review

Op-Ed / Asia

A New Dawn for Pakistan's Tribal Areas?

Originally published in Foreign policy