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Syed Mohammad Ali

Syed Mohammad Ali

Dr. Syed Mohammad Ali teaches anthropology, international development and human security courses at Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and George Washington universities. Dr. Ali is also a research consultant and academic with two decades of experience working in a “developing countries” context. He provides expert testimony for South Asian asylum seekers in the United Kingdom and the United States, and he writes a weekly column for the Express Tribune (an affiliate of The New York Times in Pakistan). 

Latest Articles

How the U.S. Can Effectively Promote Democracy in South Asia

How the U.S. Can Effectively Promote Democracy in South Asia

Developing a regional rather than a piecemeal approach to promoting democracy in South Asia would give U.S. efforts more legitimacy and relevance at a crucial time when authoritarianism is on the rise in the region’s largest countries.

How the U.S. Can Rethink Growing China-Pakistan Ties

How the U.S. Can Rethink Growing China-Pakistan Ties

The United States and China are locked in a new era of great power competition, the implications of which are being felt around the world, perhaps most acutely in Pakistan.

Reimagining U.S. Engagements in South Asia

Reimagining U.S. Engagements in South Asia

The United States and the Taliban are engaged in fraught negotiations to finally enable the withdrawal of U.S. troops from