As a Senior South Asia Fellow at New America, Shamila N. Chaudhary specializes in American foreign policy and national security, US-Pakistan relations, Pakistan domestic politics, and regional issues in South Asia.
For twelve years, Ms. Chaudhary served in the U.S. government, most recently as Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan on the National Security Council (NSC). Prior to her work at the NSC, she worked on the Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where she advised Secretary Clinton and the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ms. Chaudhary served on the State Department’s Pakistan Desk from 2007-2009 and covered economic, humanitarian response, and development issues on the Indonesia desk from 2004-2007. She also worked on democracy and governance issues at the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2000-2004.
From 2011-2013, she was a Senior Analyst for the Eurasia Group, providing political and economic risk analysis to private sector, government, and corporate clients. Today, she is also Senior Advisor to Dean Vali Nasr at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University where she oversees special projects, communications, marketing, and strategic initiatives.
Ms. Chaudhary expanded her extensive knowledge of the region as a 1999 Boren National Security Education Program Fellow in Lahore, Pakistan. She earned a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the American University’s School of International Service and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toledo.
In 2010, she and her husband founded the Chaudhary-Steinitz Honors Program Research Grant at the University of Toledo to promote greater interest and research in Pakistan and South Asian affairs. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Pakistan.