Hannah Haegeland

Former Research Analyst

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Hannah E. Haegeland is a Research Analyst in Stimson’s South Asia Program working on nuclear security, crisis escalation and management, and regional politics. Haegeland has published analysis in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, Arms Control Wonk, The Daily O, and The Diplomat. She originally joined Stimson as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow in 2015. Prior to that Haegeland worked for the National Bureau of Asian Research on their Strategic Asia and Asia Policy publications. 

Previously she was a Boren Fellow at an Indian trust called no man’s land, and a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal. Haegeland completed her M.A. in South Asian Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. At UW, Haegeland was a Gorton International Policy Center Global Leaders Fellow, Conlon Fellow, and four-time winner of U.S. Department of Education’s FLAS Fellowship for Urdu and Hindi. She holds a B.A. in history and English literature from Concordia College, Moorhead. 

Research & Writing

Commentary
Chinese Mediation on the Subcontinent?

As China expands its investments around the world, its incentives to foster and promote stability grow, as does its third-party leverage to influence state behavior. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a core mechanism of global Chinese geopolitical…

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南亚次大陆的中国调解?

随着中国在全球投资的扩大,其孕育和促进稳定的激励机制也逐步增强,其影响国家行为的第三方杠杆也越来越大。”一带一路”倡议(BRI)是中国全球地缘政治和经济扩张的核心机制,从中国贯穿西亚和印度洋一直延伸到非洲和欧洲。像BRI这样的广泛的经济联系倡议使中国面临新的风险,这引发了一个问题,即中国在促进和平与稳定方面的利益是否或如何改变。南亚次大陆是中巴经济走廊(CPEC)所在地, CPEC 是BRI投资项目的国家旗舰项目,该次大陆提供了一个案例研究——这些新投资和其伴随的风险对于中国这一潜在中介者在调解国与…

Research Pages
China’s Emerging Role in Conflict Mediation

Stimson’s China program is conducting an ongoing research and dialogue project that examines China’s emerging role in conflict mediation globally. The project explores China’s foray into conflict mediation during a period of evolution in China’s multid…

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The Fourth Estate in South Asia: Media’s Role in Inter-State Crises

Last month, the world paused to remember the tenth anniversary of 26/11 — the 2008 attack launched by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, in a series of carefully planned and orchestrated attacks. Official P…

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Indian Media Plays a Crucial Role in Times of Crises With Pakistan

Ten years ago, the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyabba (LeT) launched an assault on Mumbai that lasted three days and was broadcast live on television. Analysts suggest that little progress has since been made on Indian intelligence reform to prevent suc…

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Who Will Prevent the Next India-Pakistan War?

China’s stakes and vulnerabilities in South Asia have grown. U.S. leaders should make use of this. Ten years have passed since 26/11, the three-day assault by Pakistan-based terrorists in Mumbai that stands as India’s analogue to the 9/11 attacks in th…

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Rajesh Rajagopalan Reviews “Investigating Crises”

Rajesh Rajagopalan, Professor in International Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, reviewed Stimson’s edited volume, Investigating Crises: South Asian’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories, in the September 2018 edition of…

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Sharing Nuclear Information

By Hannah Haegeland Hannah Haegeland is a research analyst in the Stimson Center’s South Asia Program. Her co-edited volume, Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories, was published by Stimson and is available at c…

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Investigating Subcontinental Crises

In this article for Pakistan Politico, Sameer Lalwani and Hannah Haegeland review their edited volume, Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories, which is freely available at crises.www.stimson.org. Nearl…

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A Political Choice: What Sparks an India-Pakistan Crisis?

This piece for The Hindu is based on a full chapter study by the authors in Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories freely available at: www.InvestigatingCrises.org. The “surgical operati…

Book
Investigating Crises: South Asia’s Lessons, Evolving Dynamics, and Trajectories

South Asia remains one of the most crisis-prone regions in the world with some of the highest levels of contested borders, militarized interstate disputes, and terrorist attacks. India and Pakistan’s continued expansion of their fissile material stockp…

Commentary
The Risk of a Nuclear-Tinged South Asian Crisis Is Rising

By Sameer Lalwani and Hannah Haegeland   The latest U.S. spat with Pakistan, initiated by President Donald Trump’s inaugural tweet of 2018, suggests that the recently revamped U.S. South Asia strategy may already be in jeopardy. The Sout…

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Don’t Fear Pakistan’s Participation in China’s ‘New Silk Road’

Almost 30 heads of state will gather in Beijing this weekend for the “Belt and Road” Forum, the annual conference about the Chinese mega-project to build highways and railroads to the farthest parts of the Eurasian land mass. By some measures…

Stimson in the News
Sameer Lalwani and Hannah Haegeland’s Op-ed in Defense One on Pakistan’s Participation in China’s ‘New Silk Road’

Almost 30 heads of state will gather in Beijing this weekend for the “Belt and Road” Forum, the annual conference about the Chinese mega-project to build highways and railroads to the farthest parts of the Eurasian land mass. By some measures…

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The Debate Over Indian Nuclear Strategy is Heating Up

Most debates on South Asian security strategy tend to not attract much attention amongst U.S. policymakers except during the occasional crisis. Warnings about arms racing, belligerence, and nuclear risks between India and Pakistan have become so common…

Stimson in the News
Sameer Lalwani and Hannah Haegeland’s Op-Ed in War on the Rocks on Indian Nuclear Strategy

Most debates on South Asian security strategy tend to not attract much attention amongst U.S. policymakers except during the occasional crisis. Warnings about arms racing, belligerence, and nuclear risks between India and Pakistan have become so common…

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The Terrifying Geography of Nuclear and Radiological Insecurity in South Asia

Terrorism involving nuclear or radiological materials remains one of the gravest threats to humanity and to global stability. It was a central concern throughout President Obama’s tenure, with efforts to harness international initiatives coming to the…

Stimson in the News
Hannah Haegeland and Reema Verma’s Op-ed in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Terrorism involving nuclear or radiological materials remains one of the gravest threats to humanity and to global stability. It was a central concern throughout President Obama’s tenure, with efforts to harness international initiatives coming to the…

Commentary
Nepal’s Pivot to China May Be Too Late

Nepal’s constitutional crisis in the winter of 2015 and spring of 2016 prompted protesting parties to enforce an economic blockade in the Terai region on the Nepali-Indian border. Protesting Nepali groups included ethnic minorities that feel under…

Why the Nuclear Security Summit Alone Won’t Stop Nuclear Terrorism

The fourth and likely final Nuclear Security Summit(NSS) again highlighted the greatest security threat to the world: nuclear terrorism. U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders in the Summit have consistently championed the “central an…

Policy Paper
India’s Nuclear Dangers

India must use this final Nuclear Security Summit to shore up its reputation as a responsible nuclear weapons state. The upcoming Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) – the final such summit of Obama’s presidency and perhaps the last ever – pro…

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Facing Armageddon in South Asia

2015 was a tense year for the relationship between India and Pakistan. The two countries shot at and shelled each other across their border, canceled bilateral talks, and suffered multiple terror attacks. Though Indian Prime Minister Narendra…

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The Catholic Church and the Bomb

What does the Catholic Church have to say about the Bomb? It is important to distinguish between the Church’s support of specific policies and her guidance on matters of faith. The Church speaks with authority on issues of faith and personal morality,…

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Why India Needs to Make Itself Heard in Nepal

Nepal is in trouble. Since the April 2015 earthquakes, in which over 9,000 Nepali lives were lost, hurried legislative action in Kathmandu has triggered instability across the country, particularly along the Indian border. After eight and half years un…

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What India Loses by Pushing Nepal into Crisis

In 2006, a peace accord ended a civil war and Nepal began a new era as a secular, democratic republic. After eight years of political negotiation, over two weeks ago, Nepal announced its new constitution. It is a landmark document, a boon for…