Paul Staniland

Nonresident Scholar
South Asia Program
Paul Staniland is a nonresident scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Ph.D., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A., Political Science, University of Chicago




Paul Staniland is a nonresident scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is also an associate professor of political science, chair of the Committee on International Relations, and associate director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats at the University of Chicago.

Staniland’s research focuses on political violence and international security in South Asia. He is the author of the award-winning book Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse (Cornell University Press, 2014). His scholarly work has been published in refereed journals, including Asian Survey, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Strategic Studies, India Review, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, and Security Studies. He has also published policy-oriented pieces in outlets like the Indian Express, Foreign Affairs, Hindustan Times, War on the Rocks, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, and the Washington Quarterly

Staniland is currently finishing a book on patterns of conflict, alliance, and cooperation between governments and non-state armed groups in South Asia, using new concepts, theory, and evidence to systematically explore variation in state-armed group relations since 1947. He is pursuing other work on the domestic politics of foreign policy in South Asia (especially public opinion), leftist insurgencies in democracies, insurgency and counterinsurgency, the use of social media by political actors in Pakistan, and civil-military relations. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago. 

  • Op-Ed The Diplomat January 1, 2022
    Paul Staniland on Militancy in the Asia-Pacific

    In my book “Ordering Violence,” I show that there is a huge spectrum of relations between non-state armed groups and governments, ranging from tight alliance to intense warfare to live-and-let-live deals in between. Rather than pitched fights to the death, there is a lot of gray space and variation.

  • The Militarization of U.S. Politics
    Op-Ed Foreign Affairs October 29, 2020
    The Militarization of U.S. Politics

    The Trump administration has reportedly pressured law enforcement agencies to downplay the threat posed by these organizations, allowing nonstate violence to creep back into the political mainstream to a degree not seen since the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Sri Lanka
    Article September 3, 2020
    Political Violence in South Asia: The Triumph of the State?

    Most anti-state revolts across the Indian subcontinent have now been crushed, demobilized, or contained. Yet beneath that surface, state coercive power remains contested.

  • Power Problems September 22, 2020
    A Tour of South Asia

    South Asian expert discusses current events in India, Pakistan, and South Asia.


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