In the turbulent years after 9/11, Zalmay Khalilzad helped craft two constitutions and forge governing coalitions as US Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq. Khalilzad, who grew up in a traditional family in Afghanistan, spent time as an exchange student in the United States and came to believe American ideals like personal initiative, community action, and respect for women could make a transformative difference in his country and beyond. He went on to serve as a diplomat under three US administrations, and now shares his experiences with candid, behind-the-scenes insights. What does Khalilzad’s story reveal about the hazards, rewards, and meaning of diplomacy in today’s complex world?
Zalmay Khalilzad’s book, The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World, will be available for purchase and signing from The Book Cellar after the program.