Samir Puri completed a PhD at Cambridge University in International Relations, worked at RAND, and then the Foreign Office. He became a lecturer in King’s College London, and in 2020 a Senior Fellow at the Singapore’s International Institute for Strategic Studies. His book, The Great Imperial Hangover is a distillation of these following varied perspectives: from the academic to the practical; from the personal to the political; and from the descendants of the colonized to those of the colonizers.