Aisha Ahmad

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Centre for South Asian Studies at the Asian Institute
Co-Director, Islam and Global Affairs Initiative
Senior Fellow, Massey College




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Aisha Ahmad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. In 2012, she was a fellow at the Belfer Center on Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her work explores the political economy of Islamist power in weak and failed states. She specializes in International Relations and International Security and has conducted fieldwork on conflict dynamics in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Lebanon, Mali, and Kenya. Her 2017 book with Oxford University Press, titled “Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power”, explores the economic drivers of these complex security crises.

 Recent publications

Jihad & Co. – Black Markets and Islamist Power (Oxford University Press, 2017)

The Security Bazaar: Business Interests and Islamist Power in Civil War Somalia”. International Security, Volume 39, Issue 3, Winter 2014/15. Awarded the Best Security Article of 2017 by the International Studies Association.

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