Talmiz Ahmad has an esteemed, diverse diplomatic career, his extensive involvement and influence in Indo-Gulf relations granting a rare perspective on the region’s history. He has written and lectured extensively on political Islam, the politics and economics of West Asia, and energy security issues.
Since joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1974 he has been posted to Kuwait, Baghdad, Sanaa, Jeddah, Oman and the UAE with roles including Charge d’Affaires, Counsul General and Ambassador. He was also Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs, India's premier foreign policy think-tank (2004-17). He has authored three books: Reform in the Arab World: External Influences and Regional Debates (2005); Children of Abraham at War: the Clash of Messianic Militarisms (2010), and The Islamist Challenge in West Asia: Doctrinal and Political Competitions after the Arab Spring (2013).
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