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Saleem H. Ali
Saleem H. Ali is Chair in Sustainable Resource Development and Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is also Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and was the founding director of the university’s Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. He is the author of 4 books including Environmental Diplomacy (with Larry Susskind); Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future (Yale University Press) and Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan’s Madrassas (Oxford University Press); and the editor of 4 volumes in addition to over 60 peer-reviewed research articles.

The World Economic Forum chose him as a "Young Global Leader" in 2011. He has also been selected by the National Geographic Society as an "emerging explorer" and was profiled in "Forbes magazine" in September, 2009 as "The Alchemist." Dr. Ali is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and serves on the boards of LEAD-Pakistan and the DMZ Forum.

Prior to embarking on an academic career, Dr. Ali worked as an environmental health and safety professional at General Electric. Research appointments include a visiting fellowship at the Brookings Institution's research center in Doha, Qatar; a Public Policy Fellowship at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, a Baker Foundation Research Fellowship at Harvard Business School and a parliamentary internship at the U.K. House of Commons.

Professor Ali received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an M.E.S. in environmental law and policy from Yale University, and his Bachelors in Chemistry from Tufts University (summa cum laude).

Entries by Saleem H. Ali

Muslims in America versus Muslims in Europe: An Illusory Difference?

(7) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 2:25 PM

The tragic attacks in Brussels have raised questions regarding the scourge of "homegrown terrorists" that strike at the very core of modern aspirations of multicultural nation-states. Media pundits have been airing comparisons between Europe's "exclusion" and America's "inclusion" of the immigrant's identity. Having grown up as a...

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The United Nations and Corporate Power -- Forging a Realistic Relationship

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 1:06 PM

Within the rarefied world of the United Nations (UN) system, the year 2015 will hold special historical importance - it is the target year for the countries of the world to meet the Millennium Development Goals (or MDGs) that were launched in 2000.

This self-imposed deadline has come...

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The Quest for Islamic 'Reformation'

(31) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 4:27 PM

For the past several months there has been a growing movement taking to streets in Western countries against "Islamization." Liberal commentators are deriding the protesters for threatening multiculturalism while conservative elements or secular activists like Bill Maher or Richard Dawkins are warning of the...

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Paris Attack and Muslim Introspection About What They Owe 'The West'

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 10:56 PM

The tragedy that unfolded in Paris recently has created unity and division at the same time, at various strata of global conversations on freedom and respect. An amorphous category often termed "the West" seems more united against extremism. The terrorist acts by the jihadists must be unequivocally condemned, and such...

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Ebola Crisis Sparks Need to Address Conspiracy Theories

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 6:00 PM

The current Ebola crisis has revealed the power of conspiracy theories and how they can prevent meaningful engagement in crisis situations. A major Liberian newspaper continues to churn out bizarre conspiracy theories about the mortality of Ebola patients and remains extremely popular. Pathogens seem to provide fertile ground...

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Qatar's Path to Regional Maturity

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 8:58 PM

"What is the only country in the world whose name starts with the letter 'Q?" A quiz question I remember being asked as a child, playing the word game "Name Place Animal Thing" on long family drives in Pakistan thirty odd years ago. The name of the country still causes...

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Russia and Australia Should Forge a Pragmatic Relationship

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:56 AM

On May 21, 2014, as reported by David Wroe in Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop tightened sanctions against Russia. Wroe writes, "38 people would be subject to asset freezes and travel bans, bringing the total to 50. And for the first time, the sanctions will...

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Nigeria's Peace Path: Can Lessons from the Oil-Rich South Defeat Boko Haram?

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:17 PM

As the news from Nigeria continues to spur a sense of foreboding about the country's future, there are some reasons for cautious optimism which should not be lost amidst despair over the rise of extremism and persistent poverty. Nigeria is among the world's most ethnically diverse countries with at least...

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The Balkans Revisited: Sarajevo's Protests in Context of Regionalism

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 9:25 AM

At the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers lies the great city of Belgrade which has been centre-stage to arguably the most acrimonious conflict Europe has endured since World War II. My first visit to Belgrade was almost 25 years ago as a teenager on a short tourist excursion...

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Driving Change in Saudi Arabia

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 3:53 PM

As a Muslim-American, I am often asked about my view on women's rights. Questions about Islamic perspectives on gender are all too often linked with the land where Islam had its advent - Saudi Arabia. The country continues to follow the most draconian interpretation of gender segregation from literalist and...

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Prioritizing Peace in Balochistan

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 8:30 PM

Pakistan has become sadly immune to terrorist attacks in terms of the news cycle but a string of bombings in the volatile province of Balochistan on June 15 of this year were particularly alarming. The attack on the final residence of the founding father of Pakistan Muhammad Ali...

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Muslims in Massachusetts: Beyond the Boston Bombing Narrative

(3) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 2:34 PM

As a Pakistani-American, I have sadly become a bit numb to terrorist attacks in Pakistan itself which are an almost routine news story. However, the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon hit me far more acutely despite the relatively minor scale of the incident in comparison to the truck bombs...

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Argo and U.S.-Iranian Inertia

(11) Comments | Posted March 3, 2013 | 5:08 PM

After watching the Academy Award-winning film Argo last week, I was reminded of a meeting I had in Brisbane Australia in 2006 at the "Earth Dialogues' event organized by Mikhal Gorbachev. Two prominent Iranian women were chief guests at this event and hailed from very different parts of...

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Theocratic Journalism in Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 12:29 PM

Pakistanis are news addicts. With a mercurial political landscape and a continuing spate of security crises, the populace has come to find a bizarre sense of entertainment in the news cycle. Life has become an ongoing soap opera with all the melodrama we may crave to be found within real...

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Cuba and America: Beyond Cold War Vendettas

(107) Comments | Posted June 2, 2012 | 12:33 AM

So near and yet so far -- that's how most Americans like me feel after a visit to Cuba -- the largest Caribbean island and a country that the U.S. continues to treat as a political pariah. I returned from a visit there last month under a U.S. government licensed...

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Pakistan's Bhutto Dynasty Reconsidered

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 12:07 PM

Pakistan's fledgling democracy owes much to the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in terms of institutional development and civic populism around the right to vote. Despite his feudal lineage and melodramatic demeanor, the founder of the party, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, was a vociferous proponent of democratic socialism, and...

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Unfair Criticism of Activism Behind Kony 2012

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 11:09 AM

Within the past month millions of people have watched the activist video about the resolutely evil African warlord Joseph Kony, aimed at spurring a global movement to capture him this year. The video has galvanized youth worldwide to pay attention to a faraway conflict in Africa. The most...

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Pipeline Diplomacy With Iran and Pakistan

(3) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 2:13 PM

The Obama administration continues to be chagrined with Pakistan and yet has asked Congress for $1 billion in assistance with energy infrastructure projects in the country this past week. How could this be countenanced in times of economic stress and ostensible Pakistani defiance of U.S. demands on counter-terrorism?...

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Why Pakistanis Don't Trust America

(16) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 11:38 AM

In mid-February, Californian Congressman Dana Rohrabacher announced his desire to nominate Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, for the Congressional Gold Medal -- the highest civilian honor bestowed by our legislature. The deed which merits this accolade is his supposed assistance to the CIA in finding Osama bin Laden in...

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Humanizing Stem Cell Politics

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 1:13 PM

As the election season heats up, the issue of stem cell research and the rights of embryos is once again taking traction. The Komen funding saga this past week suggests that we have yet another battle awaiting scientists and health professionals. Many political candidates are being held hostage by absolutist...

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