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Political science research on the economics of jihad

August 24, 2019 |
Dr. Aisha Ahmad is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and a Senior Fellow at Massey College. In her book “Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power”, published last month by Oxford University Press, she argues that jihadists rise to power by exploiting local economies. But how does one interview smugglers, merchants, and extremists for one’s research in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Mali, and Lebanon? Dr. Ahmad discusses how she did her field work, and shares some advice for students who are interested in doing political science research. She has worked on projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council and the Connaught New Researcher Award.

What the China-US trade war has meant for international students

China and the U.S. may have called for a truce, but international students are still impacted by their economic tussle

'Before worrying about fees and scholarships, find out what you're buying'

Law professor Sarah Nield discusses her areas of expertise, and the benefits of going abroad to study law. She also has some great advice for those who are considering law studies in the UK.

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