Bilal Baloch


Bilal Baloch is a non-resident Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute. He is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of GlobalWonks, a tech-enabled marketplace connecting public and private sector organizations with global affairs experts around the world. Bilal is both an entrepreneur and an academic, and has taught international security and political economy courses at Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently a non-resident Visiting Scholar.

Prior to starting GlobalWonks, Bilal was a Lecturer and Regional Director of the South Asia and Middle East & North Africa program at the Lauder Institute, Wharton School of Business. Earlier, Bilal was an Associate at Macro Advisory Partners in London and Chief of Staff to Dean Vali Nasr at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. While at Johns Hopkins SAIS, he co-founded the annual Emerging Markets Series alongside former First Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, John Lipsky. In addition to his scholarly publications, his commentary has appeared in a number of outlets including The GuardianForeign Policy, and The Washington Post. He is currently writing a book on government behavior in emerging markets during times of crisis.

Bilal completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy, logic, and the scientific method at The London School of Economics where he was the Anthony Giddens Scholar, and holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where he was the Samuel J. Elder Scholar. He earned his doctorate in political science from Oxford University. You can follow him @BilalABaloch.

Recent Publications and Activities

Bilal Baloch, "The War for Post-U.S. Syria Has Begun," Foreign Policy, October 9, 2019.


Bilal Baloch in Four Minute Foreign Policy, "Sectoral Shifts: The Evolution of South Asia-Middle East Relations," Foreign Policy Institute, December 7, 2018.


Podcast, "Hollowing Out the State: Status and Redistributive Politics in Colonial India," Center for the Advanced Study of India, September 28, 2018.

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