Raza Rumi

Raza Ahmad Rumi is a policy analyst, journalist and author. He is the director of Park Center for Independent Media and teaches in the journalism department. He is also a visiting faculty member at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. Between 2015 and 2017, Raza was a scholar in residence at IC and taught courses in journalism and writing departments as well as at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. He has been a fellow at the New America Foundation, United States Institute of Peace and the National Endowment for Democracy. He is a member of the think tank Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University and a nonresident fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. Raza was the editor of Daily Times, The Friday Times and a TV broadcaster in Pakistan before he moved to the United States in 2014. Raza is the author of “Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveller,” “The Fractious Path: Pakistan’s Democratic Transition” and “Identity and Faith and Conflict.” His most recent book, “Being Pakistani: Society Culture and the Arts,” was published in June 2018 by Harper Collins, India. He co-edited a volume of essays entitled “Rethinking Pakistan” that was published by Anthem Press in September 2020.
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India Disappoints Its Friends and Admirers

India’s abstention in a recent vote at the UN Security Council over Russian threats to Ukraine raises serious questions over India being a key ally of the West in the years to come. Indian leaders failed to stand up for Ukrainian sovereignty because of India’s close relations with Russia, a major supplier of military equipment. For anyone who wants to explain away India’s conduct at the... Continue Reading

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Music Can Combat Extremism in South Asia

Indigenous culture, especially music, is the way to reach young Pakistanis and counter extremism. On June 22, the global campaign to counter violent extremism (CVE) lost one of its most powerful messengers when gunmen linked to the Pakistani Taliban murdered the beloved qawwali singer Amjad Sabri in Karachi. Not that Sabri was working with the US State Department, the Pentagon or any... Continue Reading

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Brutal Murder in Bangladesh Highlights Growing Religious Intolerance

With growing religious intolerance in Bangladesh, is the country heading for the same path as Pakistan, asks Raza Rumi? The brutal, cowardly murder of freethinker Avijit Roy on the streets of Dhaka is a reflection of embedded intolerance in many Muslim societies. Bangladesh, despite its secular credentials, is no exception. On February 26, Roy was hacked to death by extremists with... Continue Reading

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