ISAS and Pakistan@Berkeley-- a campaign to broaden and deepen Pakistan related research, teaching and programming at UC Berkeley, are proud to announce the second "Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture," a lecture series on contemporary Pakistan, by famed Pakistani military analyst, author and political commentator.
The inaugural lecture in this series was delivered in 2013 by Asma Jahangir
Ayesha Siddiqa is a civilian military analyst, author and political commentator from Pakistan.
Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa is a graduate of King's College London where she did her PhD in War studies in 1996. She has written extensively on Pakistan military and her research has covered issues varying from Pakistan military's covert development on military technology, defensive game theory, nuclear deterrence, arms procurement, arms production to civil-military relations in Pakistan.
Siddiqa has been a civil servant for 11 years during which she was asked to work as the Director of Naval Research with Pakistan Navy making her the first civilian and a woman to work at that position in Pakistan's defense establishment. She also worked as a Deputy Director in audit Defence Services Lahore Cantt.
She was the "Pakistan Scholar" at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at Washington, D.C. for 2004-05.
The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture on Pakistan is named in honor of one of the leading figures in the history of the Habib family. In addition to successfully guiding the Habib familys transition from India to Pakistan following independence in 1947, Mahomedali Habib laid the foundations for the House of Habib, a group of powerful business and financial companies. The group has a long-standing history of philanthropy and social service and is currently leading the establishment of Habib University, a liberal arts and sciences university, in Pakistan which aims to bridge the gap between global academia and Pakistan. Toward honoring the legacy of Mahomedali Habib who was distinguished by his love for Pakistan and his deep commitment to education and philanthropy the Habib family has decided to endow an annual lecture series in his name. Through this lecture series the Habib family aims to improve and diversify conversations about Pakistan in the United States as well as create opportunities for US and Pakistan-based scholars to dialogue.