Maleeha Lodhi

IISS Council Member

Dr Maleeha Lodhi is Special Adviser for international affairs to Pakistan's largest media conglomerate, the Jang/Geo Group.

She is a member of the Council of the London-based IISS, and a member of the advisory board of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics. She is Vice Chair of the Global Agenda Council on counterterrorism of the World Economic Forum.   

She twice served as Pakistan's Ambassador to the US (1993–1996, 1999–2002) and as High Commissioner to the UK (2003–2008). She served as a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs from 2001-2005.   

Dr Lodhi was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC in 2010 and a Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School in 2008.   

She is the recipient of the President's award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz for Public Service in Pakistan.  

Lodhi also recieved an Honorary Fellowship from the London School of Economics in 2004 and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from London's Metropolitan University in 2005.

Dr Lodhi has been the editor of Pakistan's leading English language daily, The News. She taught politics and political sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1980–85. She has also been a Visiting Faculty member at the National Defence Univeristy in Islamabad.


She is the author of two books: Pakistan's Encounter with Democracy and The External Challenge.   Her latest book, an edited volume titled Pakistan: Beyond the Crisis State, was jointly published in April 2011 by C Hurst, Columbia University Press and Oxford University Press.

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