Asfandyar Mir is a 2017-2018 Social Science Predoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University and a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago. In his dissertation project, Asfandyar examines the variation in counterinsurgency effectiveness in both contemporary and historical periods. The dissertation integrates research on insurgent organizations, military organizational pathologies, politics of state-building, and repression to build a theory of counterinsurgency effectiveness. The dissertation provides detailed evidence - collected through field work and archival sources - from conflicts in South Asian and colonial contexts, specifically British Kenya, French Algeria, India, and Pakistan. Related papers examine effectiveness of the US counterterrorism campaigns, with a focus on the US drone deployment in Pakistan. In other work, Asfandyar studies sources of disorder in modern states, methods for violence data collection, and international politics of war-torn regional neighborhoods.

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