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Puneet Talwar

Senior Advisor

Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs and Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council

Puneet Talwar has held high-level national security and foreign policy positions at the White House, State Department, and U.S. Congress.

He is a Counselor to Inter Mediate, an NGO which works on resolving some of the most complex political conflicts around the world.

Puneet was the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs from 2014 to 2015 and expanded global security partnerships, particularly in India, the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia.  He was responsible for regulating $100 Billion annually in sensitive defense exports.

At the White House, Puneet was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Gulf States, Iran, and Iraq at the National Security Council from 2009 to 2014.  He initiated the secret talks that produced the Iran nuclear deal.

Prior to working in the White House, Puneet was a top adviser to then-Senator Joe Biden on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for twelve years.

He also served on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff from 1999-2001 and was a foreign policy adviser in the House of Representatives in the early 1990s.

Puneet has a master’s degree from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Cornell University.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a native of Washington, DC.