Abubakar Siddique is a senior correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Based in Prague, he covers the Middle East, South Asia, and Central Asia, with a particular focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Siddique has spent the past decade and a half researching and writing about terrorism, security, political and humanitarian issues in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Pashtun heartland, the border region where he was born. His background and professional experience have given him a specialized knowledge of the politics, social life and security situation in this strategic and volatile region.
Siddique’s unique expertise is brought to bear in The Pashtun Question: The Unresolved Key to the Future of Pakistan and Afghanistan (London: Hurst and Company, 2014). The book is an illuminating examination of Pashtun history and the rise of militant groups such the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and allied extremist movements, focusing on their composition, leadership, ideologies and funding arrangements. The book investigates the risks – and opportunities – presented to the international community by the continuing instability in the region, and prescribe a course of action to prevent the situation from spiralling to further disaster.
In addition to his journalism for RFE/RL, Siddique has written for The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Eurasianet, and Pakistan’s The Friday Times. He is a frequent speaker at events hosted by think tanks such as Chatham House in London and the United States Institute of Peace in Washington.
Other notable Siddique projects include "Resolving the Pakistan-Afghanistan Stalemate," a 2006 paper he co-wrote with Barnett Rubin, a regional specialist and adviser to U.S. special envoys to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Siddique also served as researcher, interpreter and interviewer for Ahmed Rashid during the writing of Rashid’s best-selling Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation-Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia (2008, Viking).
Siddique holds master's degrees in journalism and anthropology. He was a Fulbright Scholar at New York University in 2005-2006, and worked at the Center on International Cooperation. Siddique speaks English, Pashto, Urdu and other languages of Pakistan and Afghanistan.