Dr. Aisha Ahmad

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative at the Munk School of Global Affairs, Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto

International Security, Terrorism, Political economy of civil war, Political Islam, International Relations, South Asia, Africa, Middle East


The business behind jihadist power: Q&A with Professor Aisha Ahmad

Assistant Professor Aisha Ahmad's new book 'Jihad & Co' looks at how economic savvy, more than ideological fervour, can help explain jihadist power. Read more: http://bit.ly/2x5f6dV

Aisha Ahmad on the challenges facing Canadian troops in Mali

Productivity and Happiness Under Sustained Disaster Conditions


Aisha Ahmad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and 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.


  • International Security
  • Terrorism
  • Political Economy
  • Political Islam
  • International Relations
  • South Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East

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