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United States
University of Maryland
education, extremism, terrorism, Pakistan, counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, preventing violent extremism, radicalization, attitudes, public opinion, political economy, elections
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About Me
Madiha Afzal is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Afzal received her PhD in Economics from Yale University in 2008. Her current work examines the roots of extremism in Pakistan, with a particular focus on the role of the state and the education system. Dr. Afzal has published on elections in Pakistan in Public Choice, and is the author of a recent USIP special report on Education and Attitudes in PakistanFor her writing on education in Pakistan, she was named to Lo Spazio della Politica’s list of Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013.
Dr. Afzal has been a consultant for the World Bank and DfiD, a Visiting Research Fellow with IFPRI’s Pakistan Strategy Support Program, and is also a Research Fellow at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan, and the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS) in Pakistan.
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Dr. Afzal writes regularly for publications including The Express Tribune, Foreign Policy’s South Asia Channel, Newsweek, etc. She has been interviewed by BBC World News, BBC radio, VoA,,, and various other outlets.

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