Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sargodha, Pakistan.

He previously served as the Director of the School of Politics and International Relations at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad (2016); Quaid-i-Azam Fellow at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford (2010-15); Associate Professor of International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University (2005-10); Assistant Professor/Vice Chair of International Relations at Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus (1998-2005); and Senior Research Fellow at Area Study Centre, Quaid-i-Azam University (1996-98), from where he did his PhD in Area Studies in 1996. He also reported for The Nation and edited The Muslim (1991-96)

He is a recipient of several fellowships, including Fulbright Fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbra, USA; and Hans-Seidel Fellowship at Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany; and International Visitors Fellowship, USA.

He has published widely on politics and foreign policy of Pakistan, and regional peace and security issues in South Asia. His latest book is an edited volume titled Pakistan's Democratic Transition: Change and Persistence (Routledge, 2017).