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Rob Asghar
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Rob Asghar
Politics & Management Writer
USC Center on Public Diplomacy
Rob Asghar is a USC expert on public diplomacy, international affairs (especially involving the Middle East and South Asia) and leadership and management issues.
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Rob Asghar is a Pakistani-American political writer whose essays and commentaries have appeared in more than thirty newspapers around the world, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jordan Times and Japan Times. Asghar is a regular blogger for and the Huffington Post.

He is a University Fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.  

Asghar’s late father began a large school several years ago in the backwater village Pakistani village in which he was raised, to ensure quality education for both girls and boys.

"Rob Asghar offers one of the exciting new voices within the American punditocracy,” says Warren Bennis, author of over thirty books on leadership and adviser to four U.S. presidents. “This isn't the same tired liberal or conservative pep-rally commentary; rather, it's a sophisticated and sometimes startling perspective. I think only a person with his cross-cultural background and his probing mind can help readers to see old issues in a new light."

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Civil War in Pakistan?
This is a time for Americans to celebrate. But next comes hard work for both the US and Pakistan to build a viable partnership. Imagine an angry country with 50-100 nukes and outrage against what it considers to be meddling by the US and India. Pakistan is in fact experiencing in a civil war between moderates and those who want America dead. So neither Pakistan nor America is capable of fully supporting the other.
Recent Publications/Appearances


June 4, 2012 Huffington Post  "Rob Asghar 5 Steps for a Strong Career Launch"

November 11, 2011 Huffington Post "In Search of, Like, Eloquence: Language Zen for College Grads"

September 21, 2011 The Providence Journal "When intellectual elitists flash their ignorance"

August 18, 2011The Huffington Post "Firing 101: Handling Messiness the Humane Way"

August 4, 2011 The Huffington Post "Want to Build a Better World? Go Greek"

May 8, 2011 The Chicago Tribune "Bringing Pakistan Back From the Brink"

August 25, 2010 The Providence Journal "Rob Asghar: Jingoists, Jihadis Birds of a Feather"

August 23, 2010 The Huffington Post "What Would Jesus Do Regarding Muslim Americans?"

August 20, 2010 KPCC "Writer Rob Asghar Reflects on US/Pakistan Relations"

October 7, 2009 USC Center on Public Diplomacy "Should I Stay or Should I Go: Making Sense of an American Invasion"

August 27, 2009 USC Center on Public Diplomacy "Public Diplomacy and Public Drama in Pakistan

June 12, 2009 Foreign Policy "An Army of One"


August 22, 2011 "Open door to new world by joining sorority"


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