A prolific writer, journalist and commentator, Dilip Hiro received a master's degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia and settled in London in the mid 1960s. He was chief analyst on the Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian and Islamic affairs, and Terrorism for the News Agencies, Inter Press Service, Rome (1992–99), and the Gemini News Service, London (1999–2002). Dilip Hiro has also contributed to online magazines such as The Guardian’s Commentisfree, Yale Globalist of the Yale University, and Tom Dispatch (New York).
Dilip Hiro, an expert on Middle East, South Asia and international geopolitics has authored several books. Some of them are: The Longest War: The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict (1991); A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Middle East (1996); Secrets and Lies: Operation ‘Iraqi Freedom’ and After (2004); Blood of the Earth: The Battle for the World’s Vanishing Oil Resources (2007); After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World (2010); Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia (2012); Indians in a Globalizing World: Their Skewed Rise (2014); The Age of Aspiration: Power, Wealth, and Conflict in Globalizing India (2015); The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan (2015); Cold War in the Islamic World: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Struggle for Supremacy (2018); and Babur Nama: Journal of Emperor Babur (edited and introduced, 2006).
He also wrote fiction, A Triangular View (Novel, 1969); To Anchor a Cloud (Play, 1972); and Interior, Exchange, Exterior (Poems, 1980); Three Plays (1985).
About the Collection: A creative writer and author, Dilip Hiro’s papers mainly comprise the research material collected by him from various sources for his much acclaimed books on politics of South Asia, Middle East and international geopolitics.