Moeed Yusuf

Director, South Asia Programs

Moeed W. Yusuf is director of South Asia programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Yusuf has been engaged in expanding USIP’s work on Pakistan/South Asia since 2010. His current research focuses on youth and democratic institutions in Pakistan, policy options to mitigate militancy in Pakistan and the South Asian region in general, and U.S. role in South Asian crisis management.

Before joining USIP, Yusuf was a fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University, and concurrently a research fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center at Harvard Kennedy School. He has also worked at the Brookings Institution. In 2007, he co-founded Strategic and Economic Policy Research, a private sector consultancy firm in Pakistan. Yusuf has also consulted for a number of Pakistani and international organizations including the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and the Stockholm Policy Research Institute, among others. From 2004-2007, he was a full-time consultant with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan’s premier development-sector think tank.

Yusuf taught in Boston University's Political Science and International Relations Departments as a senior teaching fellow in 2009. He had previously taught at the defense and strategic studies department at Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan. He lectures regularly at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute and has also lectured at the Pakistan Military Staff College and at NATO’s Center of Excellence-Defense Against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey.

He has published widely in national and international journals, professional publications and magazines. He writes regularly for Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English daily. He also frequently appears as an expert on U.S. and Pakistani media. His latest books South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures (Adil Najam and Moeed Yusuf, eds.) and Getting it Right in Afghanistan (Scott Smith, Moeed Yusuf, and Colin Cookman, eds.) were published by Anthem Press, UK and U.S. Institute of Peace Press respectively in 2013. He is also the editor of Pakistan's Counter-terrorism Challenge (Georgetown University Press, 2014) and Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia: From a Peacebuilding Lens (U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2014).

Yusuf has served on a number of important task forces, advisory councils, working groups, and governing boards, both in the U.S. and Pakistan. In 2013, he was selected to Nobel laureate, Pugwash International’s ‘Council’ (governing body) and subsequently became the youngest member ever to be included in its global executive committee to serve a six-year term.


  • Najam, Adil and Moeed Yusuf, eds., South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures (London: Anthem Publishing, 2013)
  • Smith, Scott, Moeed Yusuf, and Colin Cookman, eds, Getting it Right in Afghanistan (Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2013)
  • Yusuf, Moeed, ed., Insurgencies and Counter-insurgencies in South Asia: Lessons for Peacebuilders (Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2014) [forthcoming]
  • Yusuf, Moeed, ed., Fighting for Survival: Pakistan’s Counterterrorism Challenge (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown Press and United States Institute of Peace Press, 2014) [forthcoming]
  • Yusuf, Moeed, “Pakistan’s View of Security in the Indian Ocean” in John Garofano and Andrea J. Dew, eds., Deep Currents and Rising Tides: The Indian Ocean and International Security (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2013).
  • Yusuf, Moeed, “The Intersection of Development, Politics, and Security” in Anita Weiss and Saba Gul Khattak (eds.), Development Challenges Confronting Pakistan (Sterling: Kumarian Press, 2013).
  • Yusuf, Moeed. “Decoding Pakistan’s ‘Strategic Shift’ in Afghanistan,” Stockholm International Policy Research Institute, May 2013.
  • Hooper, Emma and Moeed Yusuf. “Pakistan: Future Scenarios and the Regional Context,” Pakistan Country Profile, International Yearbook, CIDOB, Spain, 2012.
  • Yusuf, Moeed, “Assessing U.S. Policy and its Limits in Pakistan,” before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 5, 2011.


Moeed Yusuf
January 17, 2014
In Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia, ten experts native to South Asia consider the nature of intrastate insurgent movements from a peacebuilding perspective. Case studies on India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka lend new insights into the dynamics of each conflict and how they might be prevented or resolved.
Moeed Yusuf, Scott Smith
December 3, 2013
As the United States and NATO prepare to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan in 2014, the question remains as to what sort of political settlement the Afghanistan government and the Taliban can reach in order to achieve sustainable peace. If all parties are willing to strike a deal, how might the negotiations be structured, and what might the shape of that deal be? Getting It Right in Afghanistan addresses the real drivers of the insurgency and how Afghanistan's neighbors can contribute to peace in the region.
Abiodun Williams, Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen, Moeed Yusuf
September 3, 2012
The September 2012 Prevention Newsletter features a spotlight on The Syrian Civil War: Threatening Lebanon's Fragile Stability: Syria's year-and-a-half long internal strife has not only challenged Lebanon with tens of thousands of refugees, gun battles on the border and kidnappings, but reignited tensions along Lebanon's own sectarian fault lines.
Abiodun Williams, Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen, Moeed Yusuf
March 1, 2012
The March 2012 Prevention Newsletter features a spotlight on U.S.-Pakistan Relations: The year 2011 saw a progressive deterioration in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. But despite the fact that mutual mistrust is probably at an all time high, there is no appetite to allow the relationship to rupture.

Articles & Analysis by this Expert

April 7, 2014
Moeed Yusuf
(Washington) – The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and Georgetown University Press (GU Press) are pleased to announce the publication of two seminal and timely volumes on insurgency and counterinsurgency in South Asia. Edited by Moeed Yusuf, the director of South Asia programs at USIP, Pakistan's Counterterrorism Challenge (GU Press/USIP Press) and Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia: Through a Peacebuilding Lens (USIP Press) challenge conventional wisdom on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations by offering perspectives from a wide group of South Asian scholars and policymakers.
January 22, 2014
Moeed Yusuf, Scott Smith
May 9, 2013
Andrew Wilder, Moeed Yusuf
May 17, 2013
Andrew Wilder, Moeed Yusuf

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April 14, 2014

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