Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme
Amil Khan

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Amil Khan examines Gulf-South Asia issues for the Asia-Pacific Programme.

After working as a reporter with Reuters and the BBC across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, Amil began working for the UK government in 2009, focusing on counter-extremism in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Since then, he has served as a political communications advisor with groups and governments working to bring about economic, social and political reform in South Asia and the Middle East.

In early 2013, Amil was appointed as an advisor to the Syrian political opposition, supporting them during conflict and negotiations.

His academic background as a student of the region, as well as his journalistic and government experience, means Amil is regularly called on as a contributor on UK news media.

Amil remains an expert advisor with the UK government, focusing on issues related to political communications, the Gulf region and South Asia.

Areas of expertise

  • Governance and reform in South Asia and the Arab world
  • Violent extremism and radicalisation in Pakistan
  • Hybrid/political warfare including the use of ‘fake news’ and disinformation
  • Conflict in Syria
  • Media change/media and politics 

Past experience

2017 - presentExpert advisor, UK government
2015-17Project director, Syrian Support project, UK government 
2013-14Senior advisor, Syrian Opposition Coalition, UK government