Tom Carroll is a former officer in the Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He served under cover in the Middle East, including many years in Turkey, both Istanbul and Ankara, and elsewhere in the region. Tom and his wife converted to Roman Catholicism while living in Istanbul.

Tom speaks, writes, and consults on Islam, the Middle East and associated topics, including espionage, national security, terrorism, counterintelligence, and the Cold War. His specialty is Islam and Christianity.


Tom graduated with a degree in philosophy from the University of Southern California.
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