Xenia Rasul Khan Mahsud works as a Policy Associate for a think tank in Pakistan. She recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies. She has previously done an MA in International Security from the University of Warwick. Xenia is an ethnic Pashtun from Waziristan, and her research focuses on South Asia, with a special interest in the Pak-Afghan Frontier region. She is involved in political organizing and is active around issues of identity, gender, and nationhood.