Why Obama Picked Indian American Rashid Hussain to Head Counter-Terrorism Talks?


Soon after his return from India last month, US President Barack Obama has been confirming Indians in top administrative position without hesitation and the latest was Rashi Hussain, 36, an Indian-origin American lawyer with vast experience in OIC and national security.

Hussain has been appointed envoy and coordinator for Strategic Counter-Terrorism Communications to expand US engagement in counter violent extremism. He was earlier US Special envoy to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the second largest intergovernmental body after the UN, with 57 member states.

Hussain, in his dual role will also act as coordinator of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, that was set up in 2010 to coordinate strategic communications within the government vis-a-vis violent extremists and terrorist organizations.

Born in Wyoming and brought up in Plano, Texas, Hussain’s father migrated from India and was a mining engineer and his mother is a doctor.

He was also director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council and a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC.

He was also associated with the National Security Council in 2009 to develop a new beginning envisaged by Obama in Cairo.

Hussain graduated from Harvard University in Arabic and Islamic Studies and is the Hobson’s choice to voice What Obama wants from the Islamic countries and trouble-torn regions in West Asia, including Afghanistan.


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