Farhana Qazi

Farhana Qazi is a fellow at The Center for Global Policy and an award-winning speaker on conflicts in the Muslim world. She is the author of a human-interest story titled "Secrets of the Kashmir Valley: My Journey Through the Conflict Between India and Pakistan." To learn more, visit her at www.farhanaqazi.com.


Farhana Qazi is a fellow at The Center for Global Policy and an award-winning speaker on conflicts in the Muslim world. She is the author of a human-interest story titled "Secrets of the Kashmir Valley: My Journey Through the Conflict Between India and Pakistan." To learn more, visit her at www.farhanaqazi.com.



ARTICLES BY Farhana Qazi



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Kashmir Is Burning, Again

  Blinding children with pellet guns is a human rights violation and should be banned by international law. In the


  Blinding children with pellet guns is a human rights violation and should be banned by international law. In the latest crisis in Indian-occupied Kashmir, Indian security forces are using this dangerous weapon to blind, and thus effectively silence, the children of conflict. The story of a 14-year-old girl hit by nearly 100 pellets while […]

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The Truth About Honor Killings

  In mid-July, Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch was killed in her home for allegedly disgracing her famil


  In mid-July, Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch was killed in her home for allegedly disgracing her family, faith and country. An outspoken advocate for women’s rights, the 26-year-old Baloch — whose real name was Fauzia Azeem — used the online space to condemn and castigate the patriarchy of Pakistan. Drugged and strangled by […]

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Unveiling the Drivers of Recruitment: Why Girls Join ISIS

More than a decade into the global war on terrorism, the academic and intelligence communities in the West have yet to a


More than a decade into the global war on terrorism, the academic and intelligence communities in the West have yet to agree on whether psychological or pathological profiles of radical Muslim women are a useful paradigm. To date, there is no agreement on the motivations that drive girls and women to join the group of […]

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Tragedy in Tennessee: Why A Muslim Man Killed

On Thursday, when a young American Muslim man killed four U.S. Marines and wounded three others in Tennessee, the spotli


On Thursday, when a young American Muslim man killed four U.S. Marines and wounded three others in Tennessee, the spotlight was on again. Muslim scholars, terrorism experts, community members, and ordinary citizens were forced to answer the opt-repeated question: Why did this happen? Or more specifically, how can a normal-looking boy a.k.a. the nice kid […]

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When Muslims Mock ISIS

It’s ok to poke fun at terrorist groups. Last weekend, when Dakota Johnson starred as a young woman being escorted


It’s ok to poke fun at terrorist groups. Last weekend, when Dakota Johnson starred as a young woman being escorted to ISIS fighters in a Saturday Night Live skit, she proved to her viewers that mocking the terrorists is the way to combat them. If you can’t and shouldn’t join them, then laugh out loud. […]

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Love in the Time of Conflict

I don’t know where he is. If he’s alive or dead. On September 4, in our last conversation, my guide and my friend Mu


I don’t know where he is. If he’s alive or dead. On September 4, in our last conversation, my guide and my friend Murtaza said in a solemn voice, “It’s still raining. Our backyard is flooded.” He uploaded a photograph of his neighbors’ house on his phone and sent it to me. A man stood […]

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How To Defeat An Enemy We Don’t Know

Last week, a television news producer asked me if the terror nexus, the Islamic State, could be compared to the Taliban


Last week, a television news producer asked me if the terror nexus, the Islamic State, could be compared to the Taliban in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region. Dubbed a counter-terrorism expert by the media, this seemed like the perfect question to ask on air. (Note: The question was scratched in my recent television interview with […]

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America’s Honor Killings A Growing Reality

Honor Killings are more common in America than we think This morning, I received a phone call from a police officer who


Honor Killings are more common in America than we think This morning, I received a phone call from a police officer who wished to be unidentified to review a possible case of honor killing. A young Pakistani American girl is on the run from her parents for fear they will kill her for refusing an […]

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Profiling is Wrong, Even When It’s Right

I don’t often write with such punch but profiling is like the F word. It’s just profane. A part of me wanted


I don’t often write with such punch but profiling is like the F word. It’s just profane. A part of me wanted to ignore the draft report the Department of Justice is considering to expand the definition of prohibited profiling. Without access to the rules, I can only wonder what they might be, and if […]

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Trusting the Taliban, Again?

Pakistan is stubbornly waiting for a miracle. Years of on-and-off negotiations with terrorists and half-hearted talks wi


Pakistan is stubbornly waiting for a miracle. Years of on-and-off negotiations with terrorists and half-hearted talks with the Taliban, once an aggressive adversary, has proven one thing. The Taliban can’t be trusted. For over ten years, I’ve been traveling in and out of Pakistan to understand why Islamabad underestimates its core enemy. “We have good […]