Arsalan Suleman is the former Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). In that role Suleman was President Obama’s representative to the 57-member OIC, the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations. Suleman liaised with foreign ministers of OIC member countries, represented the United States at four OIC heads-of-state Summits, and established collaborative relationships with government officials from nations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South and Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. He engaged with the OIC, OIC member countries, and relevant civil society on a broad range of foreign policy issues, establishing partnerships in areas of mutual interest such as human rights, countering violent extremism, health, education, entrepreneurship, and science and technology. Suleman delivered remarks and engaged with leaders, officials, students, and publics around the world.
At the State Department Suleman also served as Counselor for Multilateral Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He was the lead multilateral human rights policy adviser on freedom of expression and freedom of religion globally, as well as the lead multilateral human rights policy adviser for the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia. In this role Suleman drafted several UN resolutions, delivered remarks in various UN forums, and engaged with senior UN officials and special procedures mandate holders.
Suleman is a Non-Resident Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD), where he writes about U.S. diplomacy with the OIC and Muslim-majority countries and civil society.
He is a member of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, a body co-convened by the American Jewish Committee and the Islamic Society of North America to address the rise in hate crimes and bigotry against Muslims and Jews in the United States.
Prior to joining the State Department, Suleman worked as a litigation associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York and clerked for Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.