Expertise: Middle East, political Islam, post-conflict stabilization and peacekeeping, United Nations
Hardin Lang is a senior fellow at American Progress, where he focuses on U.S. national security and multilateral affairs, Middle East policy, and the role of Islamists in the region. He comes to American Progress with 18 years of experience in peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and stabilization, including a 12-year career with the United Nations. Most recently, Lang was a senior fellow in the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
During his tenure at the United Nations, he has served as head of office for former President Bill Clinton in his role as U.N. special envoy for Haiti, helped launch the U.N. stabilization in Mali, and managed peace operations in Afghanistan and Haiti. Other foreign deployments include a tour as a senior adviser to the U.N. special representative to Iraq and two years in the Balkans, where he helped draft Kosovo’s first interim constitution. He spent the first three years of his career in Central America working as a human rights advocate, before joining the international verification mission in Guatemala charged with overseeing an end to that country’s civil war.
Lang has led teams of international observers to monitor elections in Afghanistan, written for the Economist Intelligence Unit and Foreign Policy, and appeared on the BBC, NPR, and Fox News. He is on the advisory board for Building Markets, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to creating jobs in conflict-prone countries. Lang holds a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a master’s degree in international history from the London School of Economics.