Adam Weinstein

Research Fellow


Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan



Adam Weinstein is a Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute. He previously worked for KPMG’s international trade practice and assisted multinational clients in navigating Asia’s changing trade landscape, incorporating human rights due diligence into supply chains, managing sanctions risk, and utilizing free trade agreements. He also worked as a short-term consultant for the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Study of Language and produced a report sponsored by the National Counterproliferation Center that analyzed the cultural and political factors that impact Saudi nuclear policy.  Adam’s current research focuses on security, trade, and rule of law in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is a member of the American Pakistan Foundation’s Leadership Council and has presented at various conferences in Pakistan which allowed him to travel throughout the country, including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. He also presented a paper on freedom of assembly and extremist movements in Pakistan at the 2019 Constitutional Resilience in South Asia Workshop sponsored by Oxford University and Melbourne Law School. Adam’s analysis on Afghanistan and Pakistan has been featured in Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, Lawfare, and The National Interest.

Prior to consulting, he worked as senior law and policy analyst at the National Iranian American Council where he focused on the securitization of U.S. immigration policy and its effect on immigrant communities. In this role, he worked with partners at the ACLU, National Immigration Law Center, Brennan Center for Justice, and others to assist in the drafting of legislation (H.R. 810 and S. 246) to rescind the Travel Ban.  Adam received a JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law with a concentration in international law and transitional justice. During law school, he contributed to a brief that was heard before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and presented a paper on the prohibition against torture as applied to armed conflict at the 2016 International Society of Public Law Conference hosted by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His policy proposal for establishing a qualifying industrial zone in Central Asia was presented as part of the Center for a New American Security 2020 National Security Conference’s Pitch Competition.

Adam served as a U.S. Marine and deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 as part of a detachment to the 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company where he served in Uruzgan Province in support of Australia’s 2nd Commando Regiment.

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