Amjad Saleem

Amjad Mohamed-Saleem is a political analyst and freelance consultant with interests in peacebuilding and humanitarian policy, South Asia and interfaith action. In this capacity, he has worked with International Alert, KAICIID, Commonwealth Foundation, Search for Common Ground, Islamic Relief and Islamic Development Bank, among others. He is a visiting fellow on peace and security at the Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies in Malaysia, and a global fellow at the Project for the Study of the 21st century, based in London. His main interest is the role of faith in conflict prevention and development. Saleem also sits as a thematic advisor looking at “meeting the needs of people in conflict” for the United Nations-initiated process, the World Humanitarian Summit. He is a regular contributor to journals, and he edited a book published in 2008 entitled “The Story of Aceh: Insights.”
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The Risks to Children When Disaster Strikes

The COVID-19 pandemic has been labeled a children’s disaster, with particular concern being placed on the protection of minors. In this crisis, as with other crises and disasters, children have paid a high price, with tens of millions of them affected by the lockdowns caused by the pandemic. The majority of people impacted by disasters are children and many are also displaced due to such... Continue Reading

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Remembering the Easter Sunday Victims in the Shadow of COVID-19

Nearly one year has passed since the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, and in the midst of a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the anniversary was marked under somber circumstances. The trauma of these terrorist attacks — which occurred when an Islamic extremist group bombed churches and hotels on April 21, 2019 — cannot be understated. On the one hand, it is extremely painful... Continue Reading

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MLK: Do We Still Dare to Dream?

As we once again remember Martin Luther King (MLK), we pause and reflect on what he would make of a world that appears to be retreating back to the isolationism and racism that was common in the time he lived. Cut short in his prime, King’s legacy must be discussed with “what if” scenarios. This is especially in light of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 on the steps of the... Continue Reading

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How Do We Understand Non-Violence?

October 2 has been designated as the International Day of Non-Violence to coincide with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Non-violence is often misinterpreted as something passive, but it is a set of attitudes, actions or behaviors intended to persuade the other side to change its opinions, perceptions and actions. The narrative of violence is often seen as a mechanism of false... Continue Reading

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It’s Time to Be Climate Smart

World Peace Day, which is marked every year on September 21, has just passed. The chance to do some soul-searching with regards to the state of peace on our planet is as important as ever before. For all the relative calmness and progress of the second half of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, we still see a world that is hurting due to increased fragility that is spreading at... Continue Reading

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Ramadan 2019: How Sri Lankan Muslims Can Respond

At a time when their country needs healing and support, Sri Lankan Muslims have an obligation this Ramadan. Each Ramadan, I set myself a challenge: How and what can I improve this year? For me, Ramadan is about setting and overcoming challenges in an attempt to progress spiritually and become a better person serving humanity. I do this as I travel on a path toward enlightenment and happiness... Continue Reading

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The Role of Interfaith Harmony in Today's World

Faith is seen as a cause of turmoil and exclusion, yet it can be used as an antidote. In his book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari laments that traditional religion is the “handmaid of modern nationalism.” It divides humanity into different camps, he says, and there is not much hope of religions offering solutions to global problems. This might be a... Continue Reading

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Commonwealth Could Be Britain's Post-Brexit Break

Taking on the leadership of the Commonwealth is a boost for the country embattled in precarious Brexit negotiations and trying to reimagine its place in the world. In April, Britain hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which was billed as the largest gathering of heads of states in the UK for a long time. Taking on the leadership of the Commonwealth is a boost for the country... Continue Reading

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Ramadan Is a Chance to Reconcile Relationships

While much is made of the physical aspects around fasting during Ramadan, the holy month represents a spiritual space for remembering and reinforcing relationships.  For many Muslims worldwide, May 17 marks the first day of Ramadan, the observance of abstaining from food, water and innate desires between sunrise and sunset. Muslims will faithfully observe this third fundamental pillar of... Continue Reading

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The Way Forward After Communal Violence in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka needs a platform for genuine and objective discussion in the hope of moving forward and achieving reconciliation. In Sri Lanka, the start of February was about celebration for the past 70 years of independence, but its end was about reflective contemplation over an uncertain future. Following a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the central district of Kandy, a nationwide state... Continue Reading

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