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Tim has been Visiting Professor at King's College London since May 2020. He was previously Visting Senior Research Fellow from 2012.

After a year teaching in Ethiopia and a spell with an international packaging company Tim served for 27 years with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, latterly as a Director. He served in 4 overseas posts; Angola (1983-86), Central America (1986-89), Pakistan (1993-96) and at the UK Mission to the United Nations in Geneva (1999-2002).

His early career was devoted principally to Southern Africa and Central America and included work on Cuban troop withdrawal from Angola, majority rule in Namibia and South Africa, the resolution of the civil wars in Angola and Mozambique, and the peace processes in Central America and the Middle East. From 1993 until he retired from the FCO in 2008 Tim’s main focus was on Asia. Apart from serving in Pakistan, he worked closely on India and Afghanistan and was a frequent visitor to the region. He also provided policy advice on China, Japan and the Koreas.

Since 2008 Tim has been assisting UK companies on international affairs and overseas government relations. Tim holds an MA (First Class) in Modern History from the University of St Andrews. He attended the Cabinet Office Top Management Programme in 2003. He was elected to the Council of Chatham House in 2016 and re-elected in 2019. He was awarded the CMG in the Queens 2007 New Year Honours.

Apart from lecturing at King’s College, London, Tim also teaches at Indiana University, the Norwegian Defence College in Oslo, RUSI, MoD and FCO in London and the Policy Centre for the New South in Rabat, Morocco.


India and Pakistan foreign and defence policies.


Tim writes for several journals including;

Daily Telegraph

Cipher Brief (the Washington DC global security website) 

International Affairs (Chatham House)

Gateway House (the Indian Council on Global Relations) 

Many of his articles can be found on;

Subject areas:

  • South Asia and the Indian Subcontinent
  • Liberation movements, insurgencies and international terrorism
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Governmental approaches to conflict
  • North Korea and its region