Dr. Prem Mahadevan is a senior researcher with the Global Security Team at the Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zürich. He specializes in the study of intelligence and sub-state conflict, and is responsible at the CSS for tracking jihadist terrorism and geopolitical trends in the Indo-Pacific and Western-Central Europe.
Mahadevan completed his undergraduate degree in War Studies from King’s College London, followed by postgraduate and doctoral degrees in Intelligence Studies. He has advised Indian government agencies on counter-terrorist operational management, provided political risk assessments to the private sector, and been consulted by the Czech government, EUROPOL and NATO Headquarters on emerging security challenges. He has authored two books: The Politics of Counterterrorism in India, and An Eye for An Eye: Decoding Global Special Operations and Irregular Warfare, in which he examined the role of intelligence and commando raids in combating cross-border terrorism. Besides lecturing at the University of Innsbruck, he has been a Senior Lecturer at the Metropolitan University Prague and trained as a foreign correspondent in the Czech Republic. He has published extensively in edited academic volumes, peer-reviewed journals and CSS security analyses.