Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
University of Toronto
Terrorism, Political Islam, Civil Wars, Transnational Crime, Informal Economies
Media Contact

Personal Info

About Me

Aisha Ahmad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her work explores the political economy of Islamist power in weak and failed states. She has conducted field research in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Kenya. In 2012, she was a fellow at the Belfer Center on Science and International Affair at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is currently working on a book on the relationship between clandestine business and Islamist movements in civil wars across the Muslim world.

Recent Publications

Aisha Ahmad, “Going Global: Islamist Competition in Contemporary Civil Wars,” in Security Studies, Vol. 25, No. 2 (Spring 2016), pp. 353-384.

Aisha Ahmad, “The Security Bazaar: Business Interests and Islamist Power in Civil War Somalia,” International Security, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Winter 2014/15), pp. 89-117.

Aisha Ahmad, “Agenda for Peace or Budget for War? Evaluating the Economic Impact of International Intervention in Somalia” in International Journal, Vol. 67, No. 2 (Spring 2012) pp. 313-331.

Media Coverage

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Country Focus
Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Research Areas

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