Talmiz Ahmad joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974. Early in his career, he was posted in a number of West Asian countries such as Kuwait, Iraq, and Yemen, and later, between 1987-90, he was consul general in Jeddah. He also held positions in the Indian missions in New York, London, and Pretoria. He was the head of the Gulf and Hajj Division in the Ministry of External Affairs in 1998-2000.
He served as Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia twice (2000-03 and 2010-11), to Oman (2003-04), and to the UAE (2007-10). He was also additional secretary for international cooperation in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in 2004-06, and director general of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi, in 2006-07. In July 2011, the Saudi government conferred on him the King Abdul Aziz Medal First Class for hiscontribution to the promotion of Indo-Saudi relations.
After retirement from foreign service in 2011, he worked in the corporate sector in Dubai for four years. He is now a full-time academic and holds the Ram Sathe chair in international studies, Symbiosis International University, Pune.
He has published four 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). His latest book, “West Asia at War: Repression, Resistance and Great Power Games,” was published in early April this year.
He writes regularly in the Indian and West Asian media and lectures on the politics and economics of West Asia, Eurasia, and the Indian Ocean; political Islam; and energy security.