Wilson Center Projects
“Territory, Sovereignty, and the New Map of the Arab World.”
Prof. Ahram is associate professor in Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs. He earned a Ph.D. in government and M.A. in Arab studies from Georgetown University. He is the author of Break All the Borders: Separatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East (Oxford, 2019) and Proxy Warriors: The Rise and Fall of State Sponsored Militias (Stanford, 2011). He has written in leading academic journals, including Survival, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Journal of Strategic Studies, and International Journal of Middle East Studies. Additionally, he has appeared or been quoted in the BBC Radio, CBC Radio, the Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. He has consulted to several government agencies and the World Bank and testified to the U.S. House Foreign Relations Committee about the Islamic State’s campaign of sexual violence. His current research, funded through the Carnegie Corporation of New York, examines proxy war dynamics in the Middle East.
Break All the Borders: Separatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East (Oxford, 2019)
Proxy Warriors: The Rise and Fall of State Sponsored Militia (Stanford Univ. Press, 2011)
“Sexual Violence and the Making of ISIS,” Survival 57, no. 3 (2015): 57-78.
“The Decline and Fall of the Arab State,” co-author with Ellen Lust, Survival 58, no. 2 (2016): 7-34.