Zalmay Khalilzad

Zalmay Khalilzad is a counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. From 2007 to 2009, he served as U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations. He has also previously served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, as well as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and also as special presidential envoy to Afghanistan. He is a member of The National Interest's advisory council.


Ten simple rules from our experience in Afghanistan.


The election vindicates the large investments and sacrifices of the United States and its allies.

The U.S. is hardly out of reasonable options for pushing back against Russia.

Outlining a deal that resolves Western worries.

It's not controversial, and it's not interference.

The economy shouldn't be the only issue on the docket this election year.


Zalmay Khalilzad, the former head of policy planning at DOD takes on John Mearsheimer's critique of the U.S. strategy he helped forge.

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April 24, 2014