Dr. Claude Rakisits is Senior Fellow at the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He has almost 20 years of experience in the Australian public sector, including in the Departments of Defense, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Prime Minister and Cabinet, as well as the Office of National Assessments, Australia’s principal analytical intelligence agency. From 2010-2013 he was the academic adviser at the Centre for Strategic and Defense Studies, the senior staff college at the Australian Defense College in Canberra. His academic interest is in Pakistan and South Asia. He did his doctoral thesis on national integration in Pakistan, examining the role of religion, ethnicity and the external environment.