Below are links to recent media appearances:


Research cited in “Blasphemy laws: US offers new agreement to Pakistan,” Independent Urdu (Pakistan), June 17, 2020.

Research cited in “US panel urges commitments from Pakistan on religious freedom,” Agence France-Presse (AFP), June 16, 2020.

Quoted in “Experts at virtual US Congressional briefing urge US to implement USCIRF recommendations,” Outlook (India), May 23, 2020.

Quoted in “Violence against Muslims in India: Panel calls for US Action,” The Siasat Daily (India), May 23, 2020.

Research cited in “Modi,” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO, February 23, 2020.

Research covered in “US Congress panel criticises India’s ‘punitive’ new citizenship law days before Trump visit,” The Independent (UK), February 20, 2020.

Research covered in “Citizenship Amendment Act will cause Muslims to face exclusion: U.S. panel on religions,” The Hindu (India), February 20, 2020.

Quoted in “Anti-CAA resolution in European Parliament: What it means for India?,” WION (India), January 30, 2020.

Quoted in “US Must Oppose CAA, Sanction Indian Officials, USCIRF Tells US Congress,” Caravan Daily (India), January 29, 2020.

Quoted in “Freedom of expression under threat in India, say rights activist in US,” The Tribune (India), January 29, 2020.

Quoted in “Human rights activists in US decry CAA and NRC,” Outlook (India), January 29, 2020.

Quoted in “Opposing CAA, Sanctioning Indian Officials Must Be US Foreign Policy Priority: USCIRF,” NewsClick (India), January 29, 2020.


Quoted in “US commission calls NRC ”downward trend in religious freedom”,” Outlook (India), November 20, 2019.

Quoted in “NRC targeting religious minorities: US commission,” Pune Mirror (India), November 17, 2019.

Quoted in “NRC in Assam targeting religious minorities: USCIRF,” Deccan Herald (India), November 16, 2019.

Quoted in “NRC in Assam ‘targeting religious minorities, rendering Muslims stateless’, says US commission on religious freedom,” Firstpost (India), November 16, 2019.

Live TV Interview on terrorism in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, CTV News (Canada), May 11, 2019.

Quoted in “’Dear Friends’ Putin and Erdogan Make Joint Plans for Syria Following Trump Withdrawal Announcement,” Newsweek, January 24, 2019.

Interview on counterterrorism in Pakistan, “Air strikes and terror attacks examined: An interview with Harrison Akins,” Action on Armed Violence, January 22, 2019.


Quoted in “Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Putin isn’t happy about Syria decision, after he said he was, claims, ‘It puts them at greater risk,’” Newsweek, December 21, 2018.

Featured news story- “Pak-US relations: ‘American antiterrorism policies self-centered,’” The Express Tribune (Pakistan), December 15, 2018.

Featured news story- “US terrorism policies have increased anti-American sentiments among Muslims, American scholar says,” Daily Times (Pakistan), December 15, 2018.

Featured news story- “US needs to differentiate between ‘International Terrorism’ and ‘Domestic Terrorism’: US Research Scholar,” Associated Press of Pakistan, December 14, 2018.

Quoted in “Realm of non-traditional security: ‘South Asian countries face multiple common challenges,’” The News (Pakistan), December 13, 2018.

Quoted in “BRI offers common economic development for entire region,” Pakistan Today, December 12, 2018.

Interview on Afghanistan and U.S.-Pakistani relations, DBTV Television, Islamabad, Pakistan, December 11, 2018.

Quoted in “Russia, Iran, and Turkey Meet to Discuss Syria, Excluding the U.S.,” Newsweek, August 27, 2018.

Quoted in “Donald Trump says there’s ‘lots of progress in the Middle East’ as Syria’s ceasefire falls apart,” Newsweek, June 25, 2018.

Interview, “God and Government: Myanmar’s religious freedom crisis,” Interfaith Voices, National Public Radio, June 8, 2018.

Quoted in “Will war in Afghanistan end? Government announces Taliban ceasefire,” Newsweek, June 7, 2018.

Interview, “China-Pakistan Relations: Challenging US Global Leadership, Insights from Harrison Akins,” The Diplomat, May 30, 2018.

Quoted in “Is ISIS still around? Islamic State leader is alive and plotting a comeback, reports claim,” Newsweek, May 21, 2018.

Quoted in “Pakistan reducing dependence on US arms,” Dawn (Pakistan), April 19, 2018.

Quoted in “Pakistan shuns US for Chinese high-tech weapons,” Financial Times, April 18, 2018.

Quoted in “Russia, Turkey, and Iran are Planning Syria’s Future with the U.S,” Newsweek, April 3, 2018.

Quoted in “Trump Slams Pakistan Companies With Sanctions Over Nuclear Technology Trading,” Newsweek, March 26, 2018.

Quoted in “Mogadishu Attack: Al-Shabab Militants Attack Government Buildings in Somalia’s Capital, Killing Civilians,” Newsweek, February 23, 2018.

Quoted in “Did Trump Fail to Put Pakistan on the Terror Finance Watch List?,” Newsweek, February 22, 2018.

Quoted in “Syria and Assad Will Fight Alongside Kurds As Battle Rages Against Turkey in Afrin,” Newsweek, February 19, 2018.

“Quoted in “Despite Trump’s Tough Rhetoric, U.S. to Give Jordan Over $1 Billion Increase in Aid,” Newsweek, February 14, 2018.

Interview, “Hindutva’s latest on the Taj Mahal,” Radio National’s Religion and Ethics Report, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, February 14, 2018.

Quoted in “Islam authority talks religion bridge-building at UT,” Knoxville News-Sentinel, February 12, 2018.

Quoted in “After Trump Funding Cut, Pakistan to Purchase More Weapons From Russia, China, and Eastern Europe,” Newsweek, February 1, 2018.

Quoted in “Saudi Arabia Muslim Leader Slams Holocaust Denial, Says Killing Jews Was Worst Atrocity Ever Committed,” Newsweek, January 26, 2018.

Quoted in “Hamza bin Laden, Osama’s Son, Denounces Saudi Arabia, Calls for Overthrow of Monarchy in New al Qaeda Video,” Newsweek, January 19, 2018.

Quoted in “Pakistan says the US is no longer an ally—and it’s a much bigger deal than you think,” The Express Tribune (Pakistan), January 14, 2018.

Research cited in “Why is China Building a Military Base in Pakistan, America’s Newest Enemy?,” Newsweek, January 5, 2018.

Quoted in “Make America Less Safe Again: Will Trump Endanger U.S. Soldiers by Cutting Pakistan Funding?,” Newsweek, January 5, 2018.

Quoted in “Trump is Lying About Aid to Pakistan, Foreign Minister Says,” Newsweek, January 2, 2018.


Quoted in “Will ISIS Attack Washington, DC or New York on Christmas? Terrorists Threaten National Cathedral,” Newsweek, December 15, 2017.

Quoted in “Israel Says Jared Kushner’s Middle East Peace Plan Will Fail Without Saudi Arabia’s Help,” Newsweek, December 14, 2017.

Quoted in “Bin Laden’s Son Calls for Overthrow of Saudi Regime Following Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement,” Newsweek, December 11, 2017.

Quoted in “Dina Powell is Leaving. Is Trump’s National Security Team Falling Apart?,” Newsweek, December 8, 2017.

Quoted in “Yemen’s Ex-Leader Ali Abdullah Saleh Killed in Battle After Gaining Saudi Support. What is Happening in Yemen?,” Newsweek, December 4, 2017.

Quoted in “A Week Around the World,” The Atlantic, December 1, 2017.

Quoted in “Padmavathi Legendary Beauty vs. Today’s Hindutva Fury,” The Island (Sri Lanka), November 29, 2017.

Quoted in “ISIS Targeting U.S. Children as Revenge for Syrian Airstrikes,” Newsweek, November 29, 2017.

Quoted in “Saudi Arabia Wants Muslim Countries to Combat Terrorism, Gathers Islamic Military Coalition Without Iran, Iraq, and Syria,” Newsweek, November 27, 2017.

Quoted in “President Trump Helps Terrorism in Afghanistan, Taliban Leader Says,” Newsweek, November 21, 2017.

Quoted in “ISIS Threatens to Kill the Pope Over the Holidays,” Newsweek, November 20, 2017.

Quoted in “What the Fake News of Sophia the Robot’s Beheading Says about Saudi Arabia and Reader Biases,” Newsweek, November 14, 2017.

Quoted in “Nuclear Saudi Arabia Risks Inflaming Middle East Tensions,” Newsweek, October 30, 2017.

Quoted in “Are Saudi Arabia and Iran about to go to war?,” Newsweek, October 30, 2017.

Interview on Muslims in Europe, Issues of Faith, News Channel 5 TV, Nashville, TN, October 18, 2017.

Featured news story- Amy Beth Miller, “Voyage to India: Maryville native Harrison Akins returns to India to study Urdu,” Maryville Daily Times, June 18, 2017.

Interview on Islam and Christianity, Issues of Faith, News Channel 5 TV, Nashville, TN, July 18, 2017.