Haroon Azar



National Security, Religious Freedom, Technology


Haroon is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and Program Director for the Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom. The Initiative focuses on pioneering multidisciplinary approaches for the most pressing global security challenges while preserving constitutional ideals. Mr. Azar is a recognized national security expert with broad experience working with law enforcement and faith-based communities to further resilience mission areas. Prior to his appointment at UCLA, Mr. Azar was the Regional Director in Los Angeles for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

Previously, Mr. Azar worked as Deputy Director for the Middle East, Africa, & South Asia at DHS Headquarters in Washington DC. Mr. Azar was responsible for negotiating bilateral and multilateral security agreements with international partners focusing on immigration policy, visa security, aviation security, border security, supply chain security, and counterterrorism efforts. Mr. Azar received a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law where he focused on the intersection of national security and civil rights.


Current Courses:

National Security & Civil Liberties Seminar

Prior Courses:

National Security & Civil Liberties Seminar