A political scientist and military analyst, noted for his work in comparative politics, nuclear weapons, and country's domestic policy, Dr. Hassan Askari Rizvi is a former Visiting Professor of Pakistan Studies at the Columbia University from January 1996 to July 1999. Dr. Hassan Rizvi attended the Punjab University in Lahore where he studied political science, sociology, Urdu and English literature in 1962. He gained BA (with honours) in Political science and English literature in 1968 from the Punjab University.
In 1970, he attained MA in political science and proceeded for his further studies in the United Kingdom. Dr. Rizvi received MPhil on the basis of publishing his thesis on South Asia and the Comparative government. In 1979, he earned MA in International Relations (IR) followed by PhD in Political science both from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.
Dr. Hassan Askari Rizvi has also served as the Allama Iqbal Professor at Heidelberg University of Germany from 1988 to 1991. Upon returning to Pakistan, he has regularly appeared on country's news channels to comment and discuss on country's nuclear weapons politics, national political and domestic situation of the Afghanistan and South Asia. He is also serving as professor emeritus of political science at the Punjab University, Lahore.
Dr. Hassan Askari Rizvi is well-known for his deep thinking and expertise in the field of politics. He is exceedingly enthused by people and political leaders because of his vast and proficient experience. He recieved Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2010.