Arsalan Iftikhar

Iftikhar

Arsalan Iftikhar

Expert

Areas of Expertise: American Muslims, Afghanistan, Interfaith Dialogue, Islam and Democracy, Muslim Youth, Muslims in the West, National Security, Pakistan, South Asian Politics, US Politics

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Arsalan Iftikhar is a Legal Fellow at ISPU, global media commentator and founder of TheMuslimGuy.com. Additionally, Arsalan is a regular weekly political commentator/legal analyst for the National Public Radio (NPR) show  “Tell Me More” with Michel Martin and he is also a regular contributing writer for Esquire Magazine (Middle East edition) and CNN Anderson Cooper 360 on domestic and international issues affecting our world today.

His interviews, commentaries and analyses have regularly appeared in virtually every major media outlet around the world including: CNN, BBC World News, The TODAY Show, National Public Radio (NPR), FOX News Channel, MSNBC, Associated Press, C-SPAN, Voice of America (VOA), Agence France-Presse (AFP), USA TODAY, NBC Nightly News, The Washington Post, ABC World News Tonight, Los Angeles Times, CBS News Up to the Minute, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, TIME, The Economist and Newsweek magazines (among dozens others worldwide).

Arsalan graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999 and received his law doctorate from Washington University School of Law in 2003. A native of Chicago, he specializes in international human rights law and is licensed to practice law in Washington DC.

Education

J.D. Washington University School of Law

Areas of Expertise

  1. American Muslims
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Interfaith Dialogue
  4. Islam and Democracy
  5. Muslim Youth
  6. Muslims in the West
  7. National Security
  8. Pakistan
  9. South Asian Politics
  10. US Politics

Publications

In what has come to be universally known as the "Arab Spring," in less than a year three major countries in North Africa have effectively ended nearly 100 combined years of dictatorial rule under despots named Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak and Moammar Gadhafi. Seeing the revolutions from Tunisia to Egypt to Libya, it…
What Americans need to know about their traditional ally.
President John F. Kennedy once said, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."   The recent pro-democracy mass protests around the Arab world -- in places like Tunisia, Yemen and Egypt --reflect the beginnings of a "democracy Renaissance," launched by the millions of citizens within these countries that have been ruled…
Washington and Manila should work with the Muslims of the Philippines to ensure full rights of identity and development.
(CNN) -- Within the last month, our country has witnessed two senseless, high-profile acts of criminal violence that would have been labeled terrorism if brown-skinned Arab Muslim men with foreign-sounding names had committed them. Because two white men committed these acts of violence, however, our political and media chattering class never used the word "terrorism"…
Many American Muslims are fearful and angry about the Congressional hearings on Islamic radicalism that will start Thursday, with some arguing that they are a mere provocation meant to incite bigotry. But as a scholar, I view the hearings, to be led by Representative Peter T. King, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland…
Although there has not been much cause for celebration for our global village over the past decade, the world was able to breathe a sigh of relief at the announcement by President Barack Obama of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special operations forces at a mansion on the outskirts of Abbottabad, Pakistan.…
If Imran Khan does get to lead Pakistan, he will face his greatest challenge ever.
Washington (CNN) -- It is clearly stated in Article 5 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights that, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." Adopted in 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly, in addition to outlawing torture categorically, this international treaty was to be…
Pakistan must end its policy of killings and kidnappings of Baloch people and recognize the importance of the region.
With the tragic rise of extremism and global racism around the world today, the sociopolitical philosophy of "Islamic Pacifism" is a humanitarian ethical platform rooted within the general concepts of nonviolence and basic Muslim ethical teachings of mercy and compassion towards all of humanity. From the global Muslim response to September 11 to analyzing the…
Nearly seven million Muslims live in the United States today, and their relations with non-Muslims are strained. Many Americans associate Islam with figures such as Osama bin Laden, and they worry about homegrown terrorists. To shed light on this increasingly important religious group and counter
Nearly two years ago in June 2010, the war in Afghanistan surpassed the Vietnam War to become the longest war in American history. Although the U.S. ousted the Taliban from power and killed Osama bin Laden last year in Pakistan, it is clear that recent incidents, including the tragic killing of civilians by a U.S.…
The "forgotten Rohingya", whom the BBC calls "one of the world's most persecuted minority groups", are the little-publicised Muslim people historically located in the coastal Arakan state of western Burma, dating their ethnic lineage in this region over centuries.
Imagine for a moment that a major American corporation decided to remove its commercials from a reality television show highlighting the everyday lives of Latinos, African-Americans, members of the LGBT community or Jewish Americans because of coordinated letter-writing campaigns from right-wing organizations. If you think this kind of bigotry could not happen in modern-day America,…
Imagine that you woke up on a beautiful Sunday morning to hear the news of a brown, bearded, gun-wielding madman who stormed into a Wisconsin church full of blond-haired parishioners and killed six innocent people. If that scenario did occur, would most Americans have any problem calling that an act of "terrorism"? Of course not.…
The case of Jose Pimentel, an “al-Qaida sympathizer” accused of plotting a bomb attack in New York, has once again focused our attention on why converts to Islam appear to be so fascinated by violent jihad. Is there something in the act of conversion that transforms normal citizens into messengers of death?
What is happening with the Sinai Bedouin?
(CNN) -- Free speech issues and portrayals of Islam needlessly stirred a hornet's nest recently when "South Park" depicted the Prophet Mohammed disguised in a bear suit in the 200th episode of the popular Comedy Central TV show. But what many people don't realize is that the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, already…
Imagine for a moment that there was a prominent American conservative journalist who ignorantly disparaged an entire minority group on national television, got fired for it by the nation's largest public radio media organization and then still managed to pull down a $2 million payday with the television network where he made the remarks.  …
It's happening not just in New York, but all around the country. Protests targeting mosques and Islamic gathering places, similar to those against the proposed Muslim community center near ground zero, are on the rise. Anti-Islamic rhetoric appears to be increasing on blogs, talk radio and in political campaigns, too. Local opposition to new mosques…
With the recent deadly attacks on Christian churches, the maniacal terrorists of al Qaeda seem to be aiming at unraveling the neighborliness among Muslims, Jews and Christians throughout the Middle East that has existed for centuries. In Baghdad, 58 people died in a bomb attack on a church; in Alexandria, Egypt, 21 people were killed…
Peace can only come to South Thailand if freedoms and human rights are extended to all the country's citizens.
The Kurds must be given full rights and treated as equals if there is to be any hope for future generations.
Extending rights to Sudan's minority Nuba population is the only way to solve the country's current crisis.
Emerging from the nightmare of dictatorship, Libya has a new challenge - to fully accommodate its own people.
(CNN) -- As a global community, we would probably like to believe that our ongoing human experiment has been driven by the enlightened advancement of collective human thought. Because as Mahatma Gandhi said, "I have nothing new to teach the world....Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills." Yet the current mix of perpetual…
Almost everybody has heard about the protests against the mosque and Islamic center planned to be built about two blocks from ground zero in Manhattan. But most people are still unaware that these anti-Muslim political campaigns are spreading throughout our beloved country as a new wave of Islamophobia hits.   Debate over the Islamic center…
In light of the botched Christmas Day airliner bombing aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, the Transportation Security Administration has announced new enhanced "guidelines" requiring airline passengers traveling from (and through) 14 different countries to undergo especially rigorous security screening before being able to fly into the United States. Under…