Basil Bastaki

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Graduate School Student
115 Prospect Street, Rosenkranz Hall, New Haven, CT 06520



Fields of Interest:

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Formal Theory
  • Qualitative Methods


Basil is broadly interested in the civil war and state formation literatures, as well as in the wider Indian Ocean world (East Africa - Middle East - South Asia). He is committed to a wide toolbox and the use of mixed methods, and he hopes for interdisciplinary dialogue with Anthropology, Economics, History, Regional Studies, and Sociology.

Within the civil war literature, Basil’s specific interests include nonstate conflict (i.e. blood feuding), micro-foundations of security, armed politics in large federal democracies, and organizational politics of armed groups (i.e. charismatic and traditional-social groups). Within the state formation literature, Basil’s specific interests include state formation in “zones of anarchy” (i.e. deserts, mountains), nomadic political assemblages, alternatives to Weberian statehood, and governance in “anarchy.”


  • M.A. in International Relations (Honors), The University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations, 2020
  • B.S. in Foreign Service (Honors), Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, 2015

Working Papers:

Please reach out to Basil for the latest drafts.

  • The Retaliatory Imperative: How Blood Feuding Deters Societal Predation in Contexts of Honor
  • (with Paul Staniland and Bryan Popoola) Finessing the Hobbesian Dilemma: Ending and Stabilizing Internal Conflicts in South Asia
  • Why do Agreements Cause Insurgent Organization Fragmentation? A Qualitative Analysis of the Naga Insurgency