Abubakar Siddique is a journalist specializing in coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He now edits RFE/RL's "Gandhara" website. He has spent the past fifteen years researching and writing about security, political, humanitarian and cultural issues in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Pashtun heartland where he was born. In addition to his reporting, Siddique has spoken at Western think tanks and has contributed articles, chapters and research papers to a range of publications. Siddique's unique expertise is brought to bear in The Pashtun Question: The Unresolved Key to the Future of Pakistan and Afghanistan (London: Hurst and Company, 2014).
Siddique holds master's degrees in journalism and anthropology. He was a Fulbright Scholar at New York University in 2005-2006, and worked at the Center on International Cooperation. Siddique speaks English, Pashto, Urdu and other languages of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In addition to his journalism for RFE/RL, Siddique has written for The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Eurasianet, and Pakistan’s The Friday Times. He is a frequent speaker at events hosted by think tanks such as Chatham House in London and the United States Institute of Peace in Washington.
Other notable Siddique projects include "Resolving the Pakistan-Afghanistan Stalemate," a 2006 paper he co-wrote with Barnett Rubin, a regional specialist and adviser to U.S. special envoys to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Siddique also served as researcher, interpreter and interviewer for Ahmed Rashid during the writing of Rashid’s best-selling Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation-Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia (2008, Viking).