Haroon Azar



Haroon is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and Program Director for the UCLA Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom. His efforts focus on promoting multidisciplinary approaches for global security challenges while preserving civil rights and civil liberties. Mr. Azar is an internationally recognized national security expert with extensive experience working with government and nongovernmental stakeholders.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Azar was the Regional Director in Los Angeles for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Azar’s primary responsibility was strengthening the Department’s relationships with state and local law enforcement, local government officials, faith-based organizations, community groups, academic institutions, and private sector stakeholders. His office partnered with both government and nongovernment entities locally to advance the Department’s risk mitigation mission.

Previously, Mr. Azar was Deputy Director for the Middle East, Africa, & South Asia in the Office of International Affairs at DHS Headquarters in Washington DC. His portfolio included providing the Office of the Secretary with policy counsel and management of international affairs related to homeland security. Additionally, Mr. Azar was responsible for negotiating bilateral and multilateral security agreements with international partners focusing on improving immigration policy, visa security, aviation security, border security, supply chain management, and counterterrorism.

Mr. Azar received a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law where he focused on the intersection of national security and civil liberties.


Current Courses:

National Security & Civil Liberties Seminar