• Distinguished Fellow

Anand Arni

Anand Arni is a Distinguished Fellow of the Geostrategy Programme at the Takshashila Institution.

Anand Arni was formerly Special Secretary in the Research & Analysis Wing. A career intelligence officer, he served in India’s external intelligence agency for 37 years, retiring in 2012 as the number two. In the R&AW, he spent over 25 years in dealing with issues related to Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has also dealt with counter-insurgency in the Northeast and was a part of the team sent to Kandahar to negotiate with the hostage takers of IC 814.

Post-retirement, he continues to focus on India’s western neighbours. He writes, lectures and participates in conferences on India’s ties with this area.

Recent articles:

Afghanistan: a new entente in place? The Hindu, March 24, 2015.
Pakistan’s depiction in Homeland: sign of a deeper malaisePragati – The Indian National Interest Review, February 2, 2015.
Afghanistan's quest for strategic autonomy, Mint, December 24, 2014.
Afghanistan: the future? ANI News, December 18, 2014.