Hello, I’m Aslam Kakar! I am a Ph.D. student in Global Affairs and Teaching Assistant in the Political Science Department at Rutgers University, Newark.
My research explores issues at the intersection of conflict, social movements, international justice and human rights with focus on Pakistan. My work has appeared in one of the leading publications, Waging Nonviolence, in the field of social movements.
In my free time, I read about major topics in humanities and social sciences such as politics, history, religion, philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology and more. Reading about these subjects has helped me develop, to borrow a term from medical science, peripheral vision about the social and political world whose most aspects overlap.
This blog is a place where I spend my free time writing as a hobby. I am a writer who might grow up to a real author someday but sure isn’t there yet. Writing is a cathartic exercise and an aesthetic experience for me. As an incrementalist, I believe to be a better writer is to build little by little. There is no magic wand for it. All the thick volumes in the world were started with a single sentence.
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