Robert M. Hathaway is Asia Program director emeritus and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He served for nearly 16 years as director of the Wilson Center’s Asia Program and, before that, for 12 years on the professional staff of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. His latest book, The Leverage Paradox: Pakistan and the United States, appeared in 2017.
Saeed Shafqat, PhD, is Professor and Founding Director at the Centre for Public Policy and Governance, Forman Christian (college) University, Lahore. In 2018 he was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in recognition of his services . He is a member of National School of Public Policy and a regular guest speaker at the National Defence University and National Management College. He has been Quaid-i-Azam Distinguished Professor and Chair (March 2001-May 2005), Pakistan Center at the School of International Affairs and Public Policy (SIPA),, His books include: Political System of Pakistemporary Issues in Pakistan Studies (2000, 3rd edition) and New Perspectives on Pakistan: Visions for the Future (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2007). He has also co-authored two Monographs: Pakistan, Afghanistan and US Relations: Implications for the Future (Lahore: CPPG, 2011) and Electoral Politics and Electoral Violence in 2013 Elections: The Case of Punjab (Lahore: CPPG, 2014). His recent publications includes: “China’s Rise: How Is It Impacting the Gulf, Iran, Pakistan and Beyond?” Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, March 2017. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Demands, Dividends and Directionsby Saeed Shafqat & Saba Shahid,(Lahore: Centre for Public Policy and Governance, 2018).
SAyesha Siddiqa, earned her Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College, London. She is a research associate with the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy (CISD) at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is the author of “ Pakistan’s Arms Procurement and Military Buildup, 1979-99” (Palgrave Press, 2001), and” Military Inc, Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy” (Pluto Press 2007 & updated edition 2016).. She is a Charles Wallace fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford; the inaugural Pakistan fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars; a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Advanced Studies of India (UPIASI); a Ford Fellow at the Bonn International Centre for Conversion, and Senior Research Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and Quaide Azam University, Islamabad. She is currently working on her book on the exchange of religious narratives between the Middle East and South Asia.
Muhammad Khalid Masud, Ph.D. McGill University,Canada, he is presently an Ad Hoc judge, Shariat Appellate Bench, Supreme Court of Pakistan. His major publications including both edited and co-edited works are Shatibi’s Philosophy of Islamic Law, Iqbal’s Reconstruction of Ijtihad, Islamic Legal Interpretation, Travelers in Faith, Dispensing Justice in Islam, Nuqushe-e Tagore and forthcoming Freedom of Expression in Islam: Challenging Apostasy and Blasphemy law, co-edited by Lena Larsen, Muhammad Khalid Masud, Kari Vogt, Christian Moe (2019).