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



Broadly speaking, Basil is interested in state formation and peace studies, as well as the Indian Ocean world. His approach is post-positivist, broadly realist, and methodologically plural; he is sensitive to case context but oriented to generalization.

Basil studies the politics of partial sovereignty, including institution building, organizational politics, nonstate disputes, and alternatives to the nation-state. Basil’s tangential interests include the problem of knowledge and discursive struggle.

Basil’s regional focus is the Brahmaputra River Basin, encompassing Bengal, Northeast India, and parts of Western Myanmar. More tangentially, Basil has an interest in the Arabian Peninsula, Horn of Africa, and Interlacustrine East Africa.

Under Review:

  • (with Paul Staniland and Bryan Popoola) Finessing the Hobbesian Dilemma: Ending and Stabilizing Internal Conflicts in South Asia

Working Papers:

Please reach out to Basil for the latest drafts.

  • The Creation of Apex Tribal Organizations under Colonialism: Evidence from the Hill Tracts of Undivided Assam
  • Politics in the Production of Knowledge: A Reinterpretation of the Mis/Disinformation Paradigm
  • The Retaliatory Imperative: How Blood Feuding Deters Societal Predation in Contexts of Honor
  • Why do Agreements Cause Insurgent Organization Fragmentation?


  • 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


Arabic (Professional)

Bengali (Beginner)