C. Christine Fair and canine associate, Ms. Oppenheimer
With her canine associate, Ms. Oppenheimer (PBUH, Oct. 7. 1999-Aug. 11, 2014)
in Santa Monica, CA

Associate Professor

Security Studies Program
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Fair is a Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Peace and Security Studies Program, within Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

She previously served as a senior political scientist with the RAND Corporation, a political officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul, and a senior research associate at USIP’s Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention. She has served as a Senior Fellow at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center, a Senior Resident Fellow at the Institute of Defense Studies and Analysis (New Delhi) and will take up a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship in the spring of 2017.

Her research focuses on political and military affairs in South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka). Her most recent book is Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army's Way of War (Oxford University Press). Additionally, she has as authored, co-authored and co-edited several books, including Pakistan's Enduring Challenges (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), Policing Insurgencies: Cops as Counterinsurgents (Oxford University Press, 2014);Political Islam and Governance in Bangladesh (Routledge, 2010); Treading on Hallowed Ground: Counterinsurgency Operations in Sacred Spaces (Oxford University Press, 2008); The Madrassah Challenge: Militancy and Religious Education in Pakistan (USIP, 2008), and The Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States (Globe Pequot, 2008), among others. Her current book project is Lashkar-e-Taiba: In its Own Words.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women in International Security, International Studies Association, American Political Science Association, and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies and serves on the editorial board numerous scholarly and policy-analytic journals. She resigned her membership with the International Institute of Strategic Studies to protest its consistent failure to address diversity issues.

She is a many-time survivor of the University of Chicago. She earned her B.S. in Biological Chemistry in 1991. She also completed an M.A. from the Harris School of Public Policy as well as an M.A in South Asian Languages and Civilizations in 1997. In 2004, she received her PhD in South Asian Languages and Civilizations.

She can cause trouble in multiple languages.

Media Engagement

She is a frequent commentator on television and radio including the CBS, BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Voice of America, Fox, Reuters, NPR among others. She has given extensive interviews to journalists with the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Businessweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and other print media outlets.

On the Hill

  • June 12, 2013: U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence on "Protecting the Homeland against Mumbai-Style Attacks and the Threat from Lashkar-e-Taiba." PDF
  • Feb 8, 2012: U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Oversight and Investigations Sub-Committee on "Balochistan." PDF
  • Nov 3, 2011: House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia on "2014 and Beyond: U.S. Policy Towards Afghanistan and Pakistan, Part I." PDF
  • May 24, 2011: Senate Foreign Relations Committee on "Lashkar-e-Taiba beyond Bin Laden: Enduring Challenges for the Region and the International Community." PDF
  • Dec 9, 2009: House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on "U.S. Aid to Pakistan: Planning and Accountability." PDF
  • Nov 5, 2009: House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on "The U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan: Impacts upon U.S. Interests in Pakistan." PDF
  • Oct 1, 2009: House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia on "The Afghan Elections: Who Lost What?" PDF
  • May 5, 2009: House Foreign Affairs Committee on "From Strategy to Implementation: The Future of the U.S.-Pakistan Relationship." PDF
  • Mar 11, 2009: House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection on "Antecedents and Implications of the November 2008 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Attack Upon Several Targets in the Indian Mega-City of Mumbai." PDF
  • Jan 16, 2008: House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia on "U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Assassination, Instability, and the Future of U.S. Policy." PDF
  • Jun 30, 2005: U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on "The United States and Pakistan: Navigating a Complex Relationship." LINK
  • May 24, 2005: Congressional Human Rights Caucus on "Recent Developments in Bangladesh." LINK