Claude Arpi is born in Angoulême (France) in 1949. His real quest started in 1972 with a journey to the Indian Himalayas.

Since then he has been an enthusiastic student of the history of Tibet, China and the subcontinent.
After graduating as a Dental Surgeon from Bordeaux University in 1974, he decided to come to India.
Claude Arpi regularly writes on the geopolitics of the region, environment and Indo-French relations.

Claude held the Field Marshal KM Cariappa Chair of Excellence of the United Service Institution of India for four years (2017-2020).
Presently Claude works on the Northern Frontiers of India.