Ambika Varma Women in Security

#16DaysOfActivism Interview Series: Dr. Aisha Ahmad

The NATO Association of Canada is proud to be a part of the ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign. For the campaign, the NATO Association of Canada has compiled an interview series with women doing great work in Canada to showcase why it is important to fight against gender-based violence.


Dr. Aisha Ahmad is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. She is also the Director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative at the Munk School of Global Affairs. She teaches upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in international security. Her work explores the political economy of Islamist power in weak and failed states. Dr. Ahmad has conducted field research in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Kenya and has been a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her latest book, Jihad & Co., explores the rise of Islamist groups in civil wars.


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Interview conducted by Ambika Varma.

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Ambika Varma
Ambika Varma is a Program Editor for Women and Security. She is a York University graduate with a degree in the biomedical sciences. Ambika has worked as a translator for various UN organizations and as a Compliance Analyst for the G7 Research Group at the University of Toronto. She is highly interested in global health security protocols, the impact of biological weaponry, and the impact of disease on security issues. As an intern for the NAOC, Ambika hopes to engage with important security issues and gain a deeper understanding of the various actors at play. Ambika loves art and literature, and plays the violin!