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President Biden Nominates Indian American Puneet Talwar as U.S. Ambassador to Morocco

President Biden Nominates Indian American Puneet Talwar as U.S. Ambassador to Morocco

  • Currently a senior advisor at the State Department, he has held senior national security and foreign policy positions at the State Department, White House, and the United States Senate.

President Joe Biden has nominated Indian American Puneet Talwar as U.S. Ambassador to Morocco. Currently a senior advisor at the State Department, he has held senior national security and foreign policy positions in the State Department, White House, and the United States Senate.

Talwar previously served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in the Obama-Biden administration. He played a central role in the backchannel diplomacy that produced the Iran nuclear deal. He managed several critical components of U.S. foreign policy, including the maintenance of the State Department’s global security relationships, the provision of international security assistance, the negotiation of international security agreements, and the implementation of the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative.

He was also the State Department’s principal liaison with the Department of Defense and served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Iraq, Iran, and the Gulf States at the White House National Security Council. Before that, he was the Chief Middle East Advisor to Vice President Biden on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He also served on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and was a foreign policy advisor in the House of Representatives. His public service also includes key roles in the U.S. House of Representatives and the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff.

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Outside of government, he has been a Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Penn Biden Center, a Counselor to the conflict resolution NGO InterMediate, and a non-resident Scholar at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies.

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