Aisha Ahmad

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative
Senior Researcher of the Global Justice Lab, Munk School
Centre for South Asian Studies




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Aisha Ahmad is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, the Director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative and a Senior Researcher of the Global Justice Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of Women in International Security-Canada. She is currently a Senior Fellow at Massey College and a Fellow at Trinity College, and was formerly an International Security Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the author of Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power (Oxford University Press, 2017), which awarded both the distinguished 2017 Mershon Center Furniss Award for the best new book in international and national security, and the 2018 Best Book in Comparative Politics Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association. Her article, “The Security Bazaar,” published in the flagship journal International Security, won the 2017 Best Security Article Award from the International Studies Association. She has conducted fieldwork in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Mali, Iraq, and Lebanon, and has advised both government and international organizations on global security policies. Her research investigates civil war economies around the world.

 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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