Dr. Prem Mahadevan specializes in research on intelligence and terrorism. He was a senior researcher for almost nine years with the Centre for Security Studies (CSS) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The current paper is derived from research conducted for his latest book, Islamism and Intelligence in South Asia, which examined linkages between the Pakistani 'Deep State' and jihadist groups. The paper was written with generous support of the CSS for which the author is grateful. Mahadevan has briefed NATO Headquarters, the Global Counterterrorism Forum, European Union and Swiss policy officials about state involvement in cross-border terrorism in South Asia. He dedicates this paper to the memories of Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, killed by Pakistani terrorists in the 26/11 attack. He was a Visiting Fellow, VIF form 2012 to 2013.

Contributions 
The Use of SWAT Units in Indian Homeland Security: Lessons from Mumbai 26/11 The Indian security establishment was fiercely criticized both domestically and internationally for its tactical response to the 26/11 attacks. Some of this criticism was justified, while some was apparently motivated by a deliberate effort on the pa...

The ISI’s Psychological Operations The government has stated that recent distress migrations of northeastern Indians were triggered by electronic messages originating from Pakistan. Investigators have found that the first hints of pogrom-style killings appeared on Pakistani internet f...

The ‘Londonistan’ Phenomenon and UK Intelligence Abstract This paper aims to explain how and why London came to be a hub for Pan-Islamist jihadism during the 1990s. It posits that the origins of the ‘Londonistan’ phenomenon lie in a long British tradition of using intelligence to obta...

The Prussian General Staff: Lessons for Indian Think Tankers This essay argues that if Indian think tanks are to influence policy, they need to replicate the conditions under which policy allows itself to be shaped by expert advice. The essay uses the 19th century Prussian General Staff as a model to highlight...

Occasional Papers 
An Inconvenient Reality: 26/11 as State-Sponsored Terrorism ... the 26/11 attack occurred because India invested heavily in two components of counter-terrorism: international diplomacy and domestic intelligence, but neglected a third: covert retaliatory capability ... as long as Pakistan exists, there will al...

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