M. Arsalan Suleman

Counsel - Washington, D.C.

Arsalan Suleman
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M. Arsalan Suleman is a counsel in Foley Hoag's International Litigation & Arbitration Practice. He primarily advises sovereign States and State-owned companies in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central, South and Southeast Asia.

Arsalan is the U.S. Department of State's former Acting Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the world's second largest international organization after the United Nations. He engaged with the OIC and its member states on bilateral and multilateral foreign policy issues, including via participation in Heads-of-State Summits and Ministerial Level Meetings. Arsalan launched the first-ever U.S.-OIC annual bilateral consultations, institutionalizing the U.S.-OIC relationship via an annual dialogue process. 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.

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  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2007
  • Trinity College, University of Dublin, M.Ph., 2004
  • Georgetown University, B.S., 2003


English, Urdu, Arabic, Spanish

Professional Experience

  • Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Nonresident Fellow
  • Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Acting, U.S. Department of State
  • Counselor for Multilateral Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State
  • Deputy Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), U.S. Department of State
  • Law Clerk, Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • “Return of the Clash: Operationalizing a Tainted Worldview,” 40:4 The Washington Quarterly 49 (2017)
  • “Why the U.S. Needs Its Envoys,” Foreign Affairs, (Aug. 24, 2017)
  • “Trump’s Farcical New Beginning with Muslims,” Foreign Policy (May 18, 2017)
  • “Why the United States Cannot Agree on Blasphemy Laws,” 32 Boston Univ. Int’l L. J. 119 (2014)
  • “Bargaining in the Shadow of Violence: The NPT, IAEA, and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Negotiations,” 26 Berkeley J. Int’l L. 206 (2008)
  • “Strategic Planning for Combatting Terrorism – A Critical Examination,” 5 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol’y & Ethics J. 567 (2007)
  • Recent Development, “Military Commissions Act of 2006,” 20 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 325 (2007)
  • Recent Development, “Detainee Treatment Act of 2005,” 19 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 257 (2006)


  • Awarded numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards by the U.S. Department of State
  • Franklin Fellow, U.S. Department of State, 2010-2011
  • Heyman Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2010-2013
  • Empire State Counsel Pro Bono Honors, 2009-2010
  • Harvard Negotiation Research Project Fellow, 2006-2007
  • George Mitchell Scholar, 2003-2004
  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation Americorps Fellow, 2001-2002


  • Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, Member
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Harvard Human Rights Journal, Submissions and Solicitations Editor
  • Harvard International Law Journal, Editor
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Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York