Dr. Raja M. Ali Saleem

Nonresident Senior Research Fellow

Raja M. Ali Saleem is an Associate Professor (Public Policy) at the Centre for Public Policy and Governance at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan. He is a former civil servant and has more than 20 years of diverse experience in government and academia.

Dr. Saleem’s research focuses on religious nationalism, the relationship between church and state, the politics of Muslim-majority countries, especially Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, local governments, public financial management, the role of the military in politics, and democratic consolidation.

In 2020, Dr. Saleem was a Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford. His first book, State, Nationalism, and Islamization: Historical Analysis of Turkey and Pakistan, was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2017.

Latest by Dr. Ali Saleem


Military and Populism: An Introduction April 26, 2021.


The nexus of religious populism and digital authoritarianism in Pakistan December 1, 2022.

Military and Populism: A Global Tour with a Special Emphasis on the Case of Pakistan March 1, 2022.

Civilizationist Populism in South Asia: Turning India Saffron February 24, 2022.

A Quest for Identity: The Case of Religious Populism in Pakistan April 8, 2021.


Religious Populism, Cyberspace and Digital Authoritarianism in Asia: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey January 23, 2022.