After a year teaching in Ethiopia and a spell with an international packaging company Tim Wilsey served for 27 years with the British Foreign Service, latterly as a Director. His early career was mainly in 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. Since 1993 Tim’s main focus has been on Asia; in particular China, Japan and Korea and India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Since leaving government service in 2008 Tim has been advising UK companies on international affairs and overseas government relations whilst also lecturing on Defence Studies at Kings College, University of London. His main subjects are international relations, conflict resolution, terrorism, insurgency, and the future of Asia. Tim writes for a range of organizations, such as the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and Gateway House, the Indian think-tank based in Mumbai.

Tim has an eclectic range of interests embracing subjects such as Ethiopia, Jamaica, the early years of cricket, and English porcelain. Georgian and Victorian history in India particularly fascinates him. Tim has an MA (First Class) in Modern History from St Andrews University. He was awarded the CMG in the Queen's New Year Honours in 2007.


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