Hassan Abbas, Carnegie and Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow, distinguished professor of international relations at the Near East South Asia Strategic Studies Centre (NESA), National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He also serves as a senior advisor at Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. His current research work focuses on building narratives for countering political and religious extremism and rule of law reforms in developing states. Earlier he served as professor and department chair at National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs (2011-2019) and as the distinguished Quaid i Azam professor at Columbia University (2009-2011). He held various fellowships including at Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program & Program on Negotiation (2002-04); the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2005-09); Asia Society in New York as Bernard Schwartz fellow (2009-2011); and as a Carnegie fellow at New America (2016-2018). He appeared on various television news shows on CNN, Fox News, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose Show, MSNBC (Abrams Report and Hardball), C-Span (Washington Journal) and various programs on CBS and NBC as an analyst on security related issues in South Asia and Middle East. His forthcoming is titled The Prophet's Heir: The Life of Ali ibn Abi Talib. (Yale University Press, February 2021).