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Term of Appointment: 02/13/2010 to present

Arsalan Suleman is the Acting U.S. Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). He works to deepen and expand the partnerships that the President announced in Cairo, Egypt in June 2009, by engaging with the OIC, OIC member countries, and civil society on multilateral affairs and on partnerships in areas such as education, entrepreneurship, health, science and technology, and human rights. Since 2010 he has worked as Deputy to Special Envoy Rashad Hussain. In addition, Arsalan is also Counselor for Multilateral Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). He focuses regionally on human rights policy for the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia, and thematically on issues of Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Religion in DRL’s Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs.

Arsalan graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in Foreign Service as an International Security Studies major and with a Certificate in Muslim-Christian Understanding. As a George Mitchell Scholar, he earned a Master's degree in International Peace Studies from Trinity College, Dublin. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he published several articles on national security and the law and was a Fellow with the Harvard Negotiation Research Project. After law school, Arsalan clerked for Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, a federal district court judge in the Southern District of New York, and worked as a litigation associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Arsalan was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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