Imtiaz Gul is the Executive Director of Center for Research and Security Studies that he founded in December 2007, with the support of Germany’s Heinrich Boell Stiftung.
The Center is a research and advocacy outfit, focused primarily on security, radicalization and governance. He has been contributing to international and National print media; Foreign Policy, USA, Wall Street Journal, The Friday Times (weekly), Islamabad, Daily Express Tribune, on issues such as militancy, border regions, Afghanistan, and Indo-Pak relations. Besides offering advice as consultant to foreign diplomatic missions and development sector organizations, Gul regularly appears as an analyst / expert on Pakistani TV channels as well as the Doha-based Al-Jazeera English/Arabic satellite TV channel for his expertise in areas such as Afghanistan/Tribal Areas / and the Kashmir militancy.
Gul has presented papers and given talks at universities and international security and counter-terror conferences in Brussels, Tokyo, Berlin, New Delhi, Kabul, New York, Washington, the Hague, Riyadh, Italy, Oslo, Stockholm, Beijing, and has authored following books:
- Pakistan: Before and After Osama bin Laden (Roli Books, India, September, 2012)
- The Most Dangerous Place – Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier (Penguin US/UK June, 2010)
- Al-Qaeda Connection –Taliban and Terror in Tribal Areas (Penguin-Viking India, August 20, 2009)
- The Unholy Nexus; Pak-Afghan relations under the Taliban, (Vanguard Books, Pakistan, July 2002)
- Pakistan: Pivot of Hizbu Tahrir’s Global Caliphate (2014)
Gul has also been part of an international group, put together by the New York based Century Foundation, that authored the report “Jago Pakistan”(Wake Up Pakistan).
He is a member of the Bellagio Forum, Milan, initiative for the establishment of a UN University for Peace and Social Studies, and also participated in a 2-month Asia Leaders Fellowship Program by International House of Japan and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept. the Japan Foundation Japan (beginning Sept 2011).
Gul is a visiting scholar to the National Police Academy, National Institute of Management, Comsats University i.a.
- Gul’s fourth book Pakistan : Before and After Osama bin Laden, Roli Books, India, September, 2012)
- Penguin US/UK published his third book “The Most Dangerous Place – Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier” in June, 2010
- Penguin-Viking India published Gul’s second book “The Al-Qaeda Connection – Taliban and Terror in Tribal Areas” on August 20, 2009, which profiles the evolution and nature of militancy in the Pak-Afghan border regions and how it fell under the influence of Al-Qaeda.
- Gul had published his first book ” The Unholy Nexus; Pak-Afghan relations under the Taliban,” in July 2002, and also edited a book on ” Islam and Liberalism”, soon after the U.S-led coalition unleashed the controversial War Against Terrorism in October 2001.
Besides reporting for the Urdu, English and Hindi language services of Deutsche Welle, Germany’s foreign languages’ broadcaster between 1989- 2009, Imtiaz Gul has also been broadcasting with the CNN TV between 1998 – 2000, and with the Hong Kong-based Star World TV, Japanese National Broadcasting Corporation NHK, the National Public Radio in the United States, and also regularly files for
- Foreign Policy, USA
- Wall Street Journal
- The Friday Times (weekly)Lahore
- Pulse (weekly), Islamabad,
- Daily Express Tribune,
on issues such as militancy, border regions, Afghanistan, and Indo-Pak relations. Besides offering advice as consultant to foreign diplomatic missions and development sector organisations, Gul regularly appears as an analyst / expert on several Pakistani TV channels as well as the Doha-based Al-Jazeera English/Arabic satellite tv channel for his expertise in areas such as Afghanistan/Tribal Areas/ and the Kashmir militancy, which he
has been extensively covering since 1988.
For reporting and paper presentations, event coverage and conferences, Imtiaz Gul has traveled extensively across the globe including trips to the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, U.K, Italy, Spain, Rumania, Hungary, Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Russia, India, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Norway , Denmark, Japan, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, the U.A.E.
Gul is fluent in English, German, Pashto, Urdu, Punjabi and Dari.