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Ahsan I. Butt

Associate Professor
Ahsan I. Butt



Research Hall Room 356, MSN: 3F4
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030



Ahsan I. Butt is an Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. His main research interests lie in nationalism, political violence, and South Asia. His book, Secession and Security: Explaining State Strategy Against Separatists, was published by Cornell University Press in 2017 and won the 2019 International Studies Association award for best book in International Security Studies. His work has appeared in journals such as International Organization, Journal of Global Security Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, Politics and Religion, and Security Studies, and has received generous support from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Mellon Foundation, the Stanton Foundation, and the United States Institute of Peace.

Areas of Research

  • Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • International Relations
  • International Relations Theory
  • Security Policy
  • South Asia