Imtiaz Ali is currently based in Washington, D.C., and working as a public policy analyst and consultant focusing on political, security, development, and media-related issues related to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ali worked at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute as a curriculum specialist (2011-2015). He has also served as a Jennings Randolph Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (2009-2010), a Yale World Fellow (2008) and a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University (2006-2007).
Ali was born in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, where worked for several years as a journalist for local and foreign media organizations such as the Washington Post, London’s Daily Telegraph and the BBC, as well as prominent Pakistani newspapers The News and Dawn. He has written special policy reports for the United States Institute of Peace and Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, and his opinion pieces and research articles have been appeared in Foreign Policy, Yale Global Online, the Atlantic, CTC Sentinel of West Point, and the Global Terrorism Monitor of the Jamestown Foundation.
The strategic ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are likely strong enough to weather regional geopolitical shifts, but in the long term the two powers might not remain as close as they would like.