I graduated from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) with a Master’s in International Policy and a specialization in Conflict Resolution. Before moving to California I received my Master’s in Defense and Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Torkham border

Torkham border

My final project at the Monterey Institute consisted of researching the governance challenges in the tribal areas of Pakistan for which I conducted first hand research in the agencies. The results of my study were published in Strategic Insights, a peer reviewed journal of the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

My research paper on the conditions in North Waziristan was published in Syracuse University’s Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis. I also presented my research at their annual National Security conference held at Syracuse on March, 2012. General Michael Hayden (former director CIA/NSA) was the keynote speaker at the event.

I have interviewed decision makers in Pakistan, Lt. General Zaheerul Islam, the Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Governor of Khyber Pakhtukhwa, Owais Ahmed Ghani and the Inspector General of the Frontier Corps.


Our lab “Cali”fornia

In between writing, researching, and enjoying life in California, my husband and I are always planning our next adventure, be it a visit to my family in the tribal areas of Pakistan or a trek to K2 base camp. Photos from our travels can be found here

I work as a Chapter Coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). I also write Op-Eds for the Express Tribune newspaper in Pakistan, an affiliate of the International Herald Tribune (global edition of the New York Times). My articles are featured biweekly on Mondays. I can be reached at @ksabina on twitter.


K2 and our snow covered tents


5 Responses to “About me”

  1. 1 Ahsanullah Mehsud
    April 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    it was nice to hear a girl from south waziristan has completed her master degree from US.it made me more happy that you carry fondness for your area and want to write on issues faced by your native town.

  2. 2 Tahir
    May 14, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Madam, You are one of the few that know the ground realities of the tribal areas. WIsh you best of luck changing the negative perception. I think Imran Khan is the only hope for Pakistan.

  3. September 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Salaam, Sabina Jaan!
    I’m so glad to have found your page (through someone else)! I’ve been searching for Pashtaney who blog, so this is a wonderful discovery! 🙂

  4. 5 Imran Ali Rathore
    December 23, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Great aims just like your great past. Keep it up all the best!

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