Amitha Rajan

Amitha Rajan is a senior risk analyst at PGI Intelligence. Prior to joining PGI, Rajan worked as journalist and editor in India, Hong Kong and Britain for leading news agencies such as Reuters and Dow Jones, as well as research organizations. She specializes in South Asian geopolitics and security issues, and she holds an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Afghanistan: Deteriorating Security Situation to Continue in 2018

Nov 09, 2017

A modest increase in US troop numbers is unlikely to reverse worsening insecurity in Afghanistan in the coming year. Afghanistan has experienced a violent 2017, with the government continuing to steadily lose territory to the Taliban. According to the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the Afghan government’s...

Pakistan: Recent Attacks Expose Limits of Counterterrorism

Mar 02, 2017

A spate of bombings signal a renewed threat of militancy in Pakistan, with groups such as the Taliban and Islamic State demonstrating the ability to strike nationwide. During the week of February 13, Pakistan suffered a series of terrorist attacks in all four of its provinces: Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and...

Kashmir Unrest Marks Low Point for India-Pakistan Ties

Aug 24, 2016

Street protests that have plagued Kashmir are likely to continue in the absence of meaningful political engagement between New Delhi and local stakeholders. Indian-administered Kashmir has seen a new wave of unrest since early July when security forces killed 22-year-old Burhan Wani, the former head of the Hizb-ul-Mujhaideen militant group and a...

Dhaka Attack Underscores Poor Response to Escalating Violence

Jul 13, 2016

The terrorist attack on an upmarket bakery in Dhaka could herald a more intense phase of Islamist violence in Bangladesh. In the first-ever largescale attack on Dhaka’s diplomatic zone, gunmen stormed Holey Artisan Bakery, an upscale restaurant in the Gulshan neighborhood, on July 1 and held the patrons hostage in...

Panama Papers Point to Shifting Regulatory Landscape for Banks

Jun 18, 2016

The scandal has prompted increased demands from regulators in the US and Mexico, and banks will have to adapt to changing operating conditions. The leak of about 11.5 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca in April has resulted in various repercussions for those named in the files. At...

Fallout of Panama Papers to Last Months

Apr 06, 2016

The political fallout of the Mossack Fonseca data leak will lead to broader challenges for businesses, with likely responses from regulators in the months ahead. In the biggest data leak in history, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, along with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, on April 3 released findings on...