Rob Asghar

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"Rob" Asghar (birth name Saquib Suhrab Asghar, born 1965, in California) is an American writer and political commentator. His essays and commentaries have appeared in multiple newspapers around the world, including The Denver Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Japan Times.[1] He has occasionally also written under the name "Robert." Asghar has been a columnist for Creators Syndicate and is a contributor to [2] and the Huffington Post.[3]


Asghar spent many years as a speechwriter and consultant for executives in business and academia, and also edited books on management and theology.

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Asghar began to offer commentary and analysis about the Islamic world, Pakistan and terrorism in various columns and publications. Most of his writings have related to US-Pakistan relations and American foreign policy towards terrorism, offering a perspective shaped by his roots and travels in Pakistan.[4][5][6] A vocal critic of post-9/11 American neoconservative foreign policy, he has often staked out positions sympathetic to Pakistan's citizenry and has frequently advocated the continuation of constructive American engagement with Pakistan even in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.[7][8] Asghar has also critiqued the American government's lack of a consistent policy regarding Pakistan, saying that it has neglected Pakistan when expedient, without considering long-term repercussions.[9] He has also argued against a "myth of America's decline," speculating that emerging economies will experience cultural struggles that will hamper their ability to maintain a steady trajectory toward Western standards of economic and social advancement.[10] More recently, he has begun writing about business management and other broad topics.[11]

Asghar is a fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.[12]


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