Malik Siraj Akbar
Journalist, Political Analyst, Author
Malik Siraj Akbar is a journalist and a political analyst from Balochistan currently based in Washington D.C. He has written on the Balochistan conflict for more than a decade once as the Balochistan Bureau Chief of the Daily Times and then as the editor-in-chief of the Baloch Hal, Balochistan’s first online English language newspaper.
As a journalist, Akbar has interviewed senior government officials and prominent leaders of the Baloch resistance movement. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the BBC, Foreign Policy, the Chicago Tribune, Asia Times, the Friday Times, the Times of India, Dawn, and several leading South Asian publications.
Akbar was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Arizona State University, a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and an Edward S. Mason Fellow at Harvard University. He has served on the Board of the South Asian Journalists Association and currently serves as a member of the Online News Association and Pen America.
Akbar is the author of The Redefined Dimensions of the Baloch Nationalist Movement and Pakistan: A Broken Democracy.
Akbar holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Independent Journalist, Founding Editor of Tanqeed
Madiha R. Tahir is an independent journalist reporting on conflict, culture and politics in Pakistan. Her work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera, Vice, The National, Guernica, The New Inquiry, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Herald (Pakistan), The Friday Times, Caravan, as well as on Democracy Now!, PRI and BBC’s The World, Global Post and other outlets. She is the director of the short documentary Wounds of Waziristan, focusing on Pakistani survivors of drone attacks. She holds a masters degree in Near Eastern Studies from NYU and an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Tahir has traveled extensively throughout Pakistan from Balochistan to Swat as well as to rural areas to report on the floods, Sufi music, the Baloch separatist movement, the salience of nationalism and religion, Islamist organizations and national electoral politics. She is co-editor of a volume, Dispatches from Pakistan with historian Vijay Prashad and editor Qalandar Bux Memon and a founding editor of Tanqeed, a magazine of politics and culture.
Wounds of Waziristan website: www.woundsofwaziristan.com
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