Arsalan Iftikhar, Esq. is an international human rights lawyer, author, journalist, and consultant with Cook Ross. Along with his consulting work for Cook Ross, Arsalan is a prominent media commentator for media outlets including CNN, National Public Radio, and NBC News “Meet The Press”. He is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and Reporters Without Borders.
Arsalan has served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University and delivered keynote speeches and guest lectures at prestigious venues around the world including Harvard University, Stanford University, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), The British Museum, the U.S. State Department International Speakers Program, and The Aspen Ideas Festival.
In 2013, Arsalan was awarded the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He was named one of the top 12 Muslim Twitter accounts in the world by The Huffington Post in May 2011, and was cast as a Hollywood movie ‘featured extra’ in the October 2008 Warner Brothers spy movie thriller Body of Lies starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. In 2006, the French Ambassador to the United States personally named Arsalan to the Personnalites d’Avenir (Personalities of the Future) World Leader Program in Paris sponsored by the French Foreign Ministry.
Arsalan is a contributing author on Keeping Out the Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Enforcement Today (Columbia University Press) and Taking Back Islam (Rodale Press), the winner of the 2003 Wilbur Communications Award for Religion Book of the Year.
Arsalan graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999 and received his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in 2003. A native of Chicago, he specializes in international human rights law and is licensed to practice law in Washington, DC.