In this article, Aisha Ahmad asks why radical Islamist groups come to power in internal conflicts, a question that is relevant to current discussions of the Islamic State/ISIS and similar movements across the Middle East and South and Central Asia. The article received the Best Security Article Award from the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. Ahmad is the first ever recipient of this award.

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VIDEO: Aisha Ahmad speaks about her article “The Security Bazaar: Business interests and Islamist power in civil war Somalia”.