Neha Ansari, 2013, Pakistan

Something that has surprised me about Fletcher: We all know how diverse and flexible Fletcher is, but what surprised me the most is how welcoming Fletcher actually is. The warmth and instant acceptance I have received has surpassed my expectations. Everyone - absolutely everyone - has helped me trudge through the difficult period of moving out of my country for the first time. The deans, professors, registrar (especially the registrar), career counselors, the second-years, and Kevin on the front desk, have all been mentors and supporters - for which I will always be grateful.

On the international life I see for myself after Fletcher: I intend to go back to Pakistan and engage in policy-making on counterterrorism and security issues. I aspire to become a security policy expert, working in a think tank providing nuanced, purely academic analyses and recommendations. I hope to gradually facilitate a change in security policy, i.e. a shift from Pakistan's Indo-centrism.

Favorite Magazine:

The Economist

Favorite Book:

Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid

Favorite Author:

D.H. Lawrence

Favorite City:

Mansehra, Pakistan

Global Problem That Brought You to Fletcher:

U.S. Presence and security issues/policies in the AfPak region

Fields of Study

  • International Security Studies
    Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization

Summer Internship

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Transnational Threats Project  - Washington, DC

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Students in Security

Education before Fletcher

  • MA, International Relations, University of Karachi
    BA (Honours), International Relations, University of Karachi

Experience before Fletcher

  • The Express Tribune - partnered publication of the NYT, Senior Subeditor - Karachi, Pakistan
    Business Plus - TML, Current Affairs TV Producer - Karachi, Pakistan


  • Urdu
  • English