US President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American Puneet Talwar as assistant secretary of state for political military affairs.
Talwar has served Obama’s top advisor on the Middle East region for over four years. He is the second Indian-American to be nominated as the assistant secretary position in the state department. In July, 2013, Nisha Desai Biswal was nominated as the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia. Both the nominations are yet to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed by the Senate, Talwar, will provide policy direction in the areas of international security, security assistance, defence strategy and plans, military operations, and defence trade.