Last updated on: 4/29/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Khuram Iqbal, PhD Biography

Title:
Assistant Professor in the Department of Peace & Conflict Studies at National Defence University
Position:
Con to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"
Reasoning:

“As far as US drone strikes in Pakistan are concerned, they are tactically successful but strategically counterproductive. No doubt, these drone strikes have managed to kill high-profile terrorist leaders such as Baitullah Mehsud and Hakimullah Mehsud. But look at the cost. If you look at the official figures collected by independent researchers, attempts to kill 41 militant commanders have resulted in the deaths of estimated 1,200 people. It means that for each militant commander the US has killed more than 30 civilians. So again collateral damage on such a high scale does not bode well for Pakistan’s national counter-terrorism policy that seeks to win over the population in conflict regions of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)…

[T]errorist groups in Pakistan are fighting with an anti-American agenda. They justify their violence against the Pakistani state and society as result of Islamabad’s support for the US occupation of Afghanistan. So to undo this perception, the US must stop the drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan and let the Pakistani state deal with these terrorist organizations with all its indigenous resources.”

RT, “Strong Link Between US Drone Strikes and Rise of Suicide Terrorism in Pakistan,” rt.com, Apr. 28, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the legal or strategic use of drone strikes. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to drone strikes and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Peace & Conflict Studies, National Defence University (Islamabad, Pakistan)
  • Researcher and Tutor, Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, Jan. 2013-Mar. 2014
  • Researcher, Centre for Transnational Crimes Prevention, Feb. 2011-Nov. 2012
  • Head of Research, Pak Institute for Peace Studies, Nov. 2009-Jan. 2011
  • Senior Analyst and Tutor, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, July 2007-Nov. 2009
  • Researcher, Pak Institute for Peace Studies, 2005-2006
  • Education:
  • PhD, International Security Studies, Macquarie University (Australia), 2014
  • MSc, Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), 2009
  • BA, Humanities, Punjab University (Pakistan), 2004
  • Other:
  • Speaks Urdu, English, Punjabi, and some Arabic
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?