Zalmay Khalilzad is the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. He is the highest-ranking native Afghan and Muslim in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. Khalilzad’s previous assignment was as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. On February 12, 2007, the White House submitted Khalilzad’s nomination to the Senate to become U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Dr. Khalilzad also served as Ambassador to Afghanistan from November 2003 to June 2005, during which time he continued as the Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan. For his service in Afghanistan Secretary Rumsfeld awarded Dr. Khalilzad the Defense Department medal for outstanding public service. President Karzai awarded him the King Ghazi Ammanullah Medal, Afghanistan’s highest medal. Dr. Khalilzad headed the Bush-Cheney transition team for the Department of Defense and has been a Counselor to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld.
Between 1993 and 1999, Dr. Khalilzad was Director of the Strategy, Doctrine and Force Structure program for RAND’s Project Air Force. While with RAND, he founded the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Between 1991 and 1992, Dr. Khalilzad served as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning. Secretary Cheney awarded Dr. Khalilzad the Department of Defense medal for outstanding public service..
Dr. Khalilzad received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Dr. Khalilzad is the author of more than 200 books, articles, studies and reports. His work has been translated in many languages including Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese and Turkish.
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