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Aisha Ahmad

Aisha Ahmad

Former Research Fellow, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2011–2012

 

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Former Research Fellow, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2011–2012

Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

 

 

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2012

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Spring 2012

"Agenda for Peace or Budget for War? Evaluating the Economic Impact of International Intervention in Somalia"

Journal Article, International Journal, issue 2, volume 67

By Aisha Ahmad, Former Research Fellow, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2011–2012

This article shows how international humanitarian aid, particularly food aid, has played an instrumental role in perpetuating chronic civil war and state collapse in Somalia from 1992–2012. During the 1992 famine, food aid created lucrative opportunities for criminal elements of the Somali business community, who partnered with local warlords to create an enduring system of corruption and aid dependence. International aid financed this elite pact between business and warlords, which subsequently undermined domestic processes of order-making and reduced the bargaining power of local communities in the peace-building process.

 

 

Spring 2012

The Business of Islamism: A Rational Look at Political Islam in Somalia

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Aisha Ahmad, Former Research Fellow, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2011–2012

"The rise of political Islam in failed states is one of the most pressing security concerns in the world today. Given the increasingly tense interaction between the United States and Islamic countries, such as Pakistan and Iran, the potential for new Islamic regimes emerging out of failed states in Africa, Asia and the Middle East could add a notable degree of uncertainty to future international relations," writes Aisha Ahmad, a research fellow with the Belfer Center's International Security Program/Program on Religion in International Affairs.

 

 

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March 13, 2012

"Afghanistan Atrocity Prompts Rethink of US Policy"

Op-Ed, GlobalPost

By Aisha Ahmad, Former Research Fellow, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2011–2012

"The great folly of this long-term plan is that propping up such a corrupt regime will necessarily generate insurgency. No Afghan will stay at home while local strongmen engage in rape, murder and extortion. Therefore, the international community's plan is to support a weak central government that is corrupt enough to incite rebellion against it, but strong enough to at least partially suppress that rebellion. In other words, the international community is on course to maintain a low-intensity civil war in Afghanistan, ad infinitum."

 

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