Amit Pandya

Former Nonresident Fellow

This is the profile of a former staff member, affiliate, intern, or guest author. Biographical information is not maintained and may be out of date.

Amit A. Pandya’s research interests include global migration, developments and prospects in maritime commerce, and social and economic trends in the Arab world and South Asia. His professional work consists of international law and consulting, principally on international labor and on migration. Until 2015, he was Chief of Staff and Counselor to the International Labor Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor.

He was a Senior Associate at Stimson between 2007 and 2010, where he directed the Regional Voices/Transnational Challenges Project.

He has been an attorney in private practice and with the American Civil Liberties Union and other public interest organizations, Counsel to Subcommittees on National Security and International Operations in the U.S. House of Representatives, Director of the Humanitarian Assistance Office in the U.S. Department of Defense, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East at the U.S. Agency for International Development and a member of the Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff.

He holds academic degrees from Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania, and law degrees from Yale and Georgetown. He was formerly a schoolteacher and ethnographer, and integrates the tools and perspectives of each of those professions into his research and analysis on public policy issues.  

Research & Writing

Report
Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa

Societies across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have long balanced the competing water demands of households, industry, and agriculture. Careful management of water resources has been an absolute necessity in this region where annual renewable…

Report
Afghanistan and Pakistan: More Realism Needed to Prevent US Failure

By Amit Pandya The Challenge Afghanistan and Pakistan present distinct challenges to US policy. Yet they are closely linked by the political, historical and cultural unities that span their border. Instability and violence in each have had destructive…

Report
Maritime Commerce and Security: The Indian Ocean

Maritime Commerce and Security: The Indian Ocean describes the commerical trends and their security implications with a view to helping policy makers and others outside the industry understand the vulnerabilities of an industry that is central to the g…

Report
Troubled Waters: Climate Change, Hydropolitics, and Transboundary Resources

Troubled Waters: Climate Change, Hydropolitics, and Transboundary Resources examines the multiple challenges that global climate change raises for the management of shared freshwater resources. Regional experts and Stimson analysts assess the pros…

Report
Cooperation on Emerging Environmental Challenges in the Muslim World

Scientific, Intellectual, and Governance Cooperation on Emerging Environmental Challenges in the Muslim World provides an overview of the challenges posed by environmental change in several regions where significant Muslim populations are found: Southe…

Report
On the Move: Migration Challenges in the Indian Ocean Littoral

On the Move: Migration Challenges in the Indian Ocean Littoral is the product of Stimson’s work on migration over the past year, and it points to how the migration agenda is evolving and adapting to 21st century challenges. Traditionally, migration is…

Report
Muslim Indians: Struggle for Inclusion

The stereotype of Muslim Indians is that of a relatively quiescent minority that has made its peace with its larger national non-Muslim context of contemporary India. Muslim Indians see something larger. They are heirs to a millenium long civilization,…

Report
Coastal Zones and Climate Change

Coastal Zones and Climate Change examines the emerging environmental stresses on coastal areas of the Indian Ocean and the resulting challenges confronting coastal planners and decision makers in a warming world. Experts from the region and from Stimso…

Report
Indian Climate Policy: Choices and Challenges

In order to negotiate effectively on an international regime for climate change, US policymakers must have an accurate understanding of the constraints and considerations that determine the negotiating positions of key countries. India plays a pivotal…

Report
The Indian Ocean: Resource and Governance Challenges

The Indian Ocean: Resource and Governance Challenges explores current realities and emerging maritime concerns in the Indian Ocean. Regional experts and Stimson analysts assess the ocean in its multiple roles: a conveyer belt of vital commerce and ener…

Report
Islam and Politics: Renewal and Resistance in the Muslim World

In Islam and Politics: Renewal and Resistance in the Muslim World, Muslim writers, regional experts, and Stimson analysts discuss contemporary Muslim thinking about issues at the forefront of Western concern: particularly those which go to the hea…

Report
Exploiting Natural Resources: Growth, Instability, and Conflict in the Middle East and Asia

Exploiting Natural Resources: Growth, Instability, and Conflict in the Middle East and Asia presents views on the unsustainable exploitation of three key natural resources – forests, water, and extractable minerals – from the Middle East, South an…

Report
Transnational Trends: Middle Eastern and Asian Views

This volume presents views from disciplines as varied as science, journalism, economics, epidemiology, and on issues as diverse as fisheries, climate change, public health, and terrorism. It seeks to fill the gap in Americans’ understanding of global s…

Commentary
Pakistan’s Brighter Future: The View From The Ground

By Amit Pandya – When I returned from Pakistan to the United States this week I was met with a widespread perception among US observers that there has been little mass resistance to the state of emergency declared by General Musharraf. This is simply i…

Choose Your Subscription Topics
* indicates required
I'm interested in...
38 North: News and Analysis on North Korea
South Asian Voices