Arsla Jawaid

Senior Analyst

  • Afghanistan
  • Pakistan
  • Security Risk Management

Arsla leads Control Risks’ analysis of political, operational and security risks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She contributes daily updates to our online risk monitoring platform and provides bespoke political risk consulting and threat assessments to clients across sectors. Arsla works closely with Control Risks’ security consultants to deliver market entry assessments and analyses of political developments as well as security, corruption and market-exit risks.

Recent tasks that Arsla has worked on include:

  • An operational risk and security threat assessment for an international shipping company working with a local terminal management company in Port Qasim, Karachi.
  • An integrity risk assessment of the telecommunications sector for a development finance institution seeking to acquire assets in Pakistan.
  • An in-depth assessment of key security threats to the operating environment for a microfinance bank operating in Pakistan.
  • A security threat assessment for a global packaging company seeking to provide services and send personnel to Herat, Afghanistan.

  • Before joining Control Risks, Arsla served as a senior political officer for the British High Commission in Islamabad, where she led counter-extremism and counterterrorism policy and research. She has worked with the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate on violent extremism and security issues, particularly in Iraq and Syria. She has conducted research in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region to assess youth vulnerability to militancy. Arsla worked with the US Institute of Peace, the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Peace Institute, providing political and security analysis on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her analysis and research have appeared in Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. 

    Arsla graduated with a master’s degree in international affairs with a focus on international security from Columbia University (US) and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University (US). She has worked and lived in the US and Pakistan and speaks Urdu.

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