Imtiaz Ali joins the US Institute of Peace as a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow. Fellows are in residence for ten months while completing a specific project. Ali is working on a book on his native Tribal Belt region of Pakistan (Federally Administered Tribal Area, or FATA), the rise of the Pakistani Taliban, their ties with the Afghan Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and their regional and global security implications. He has developed contacts with a variety of leaders in the region over the years covering it for outlets that include the Washington Post, the BBC’s Pashto Service, the Daily Telegraph and Dawn (Pakistan’s English language daily). The World Economic Forum has just nominated him as a Young Global Leader, which is offered to 200 people under the age of 40 each year.