Zalmay Khalilzad is a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush and the author of The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World. He has been involved with U.S. policy makers at the White House, State Department and Pentagon since the mid-1980s, and was the highest-ranking Muslim American in the Bush administration. Khalilzad’s previous assignments in the Administration include U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.
Currently, Khalilzad is a U.S. counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the president of Khalilzad Associates, an international business consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.
The EnvoyFrom Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World
St. Martin’s Press
Part memoir, part record of a political insider, and part incisive analysis of the current Middle East, The Envoy details Khalilzad’s experiences under three presidential administrations with candid behind-the-scenes insights. As U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, Khalilzad helped craft two constitutions and forge governing coalitions. As U.S. Ambassador to the UN, he used his unique personal diplomacy to advance U.S. interests and values. In The Envoy, Khalilzad argues that America needs an intelligent, effective foreign policy informed by long-term thinking and supported by bipartisan commitment.
Zalmay Khalizad appears on “Fareed Zakaria GPS“ to discuss his career in foreign diplomacy and the way ahead for American grand strategy.
Khalizad shares his opinions on ISIS, foreign relations, and the United States’ relationship with Iraq in the Wall Street Journal.
Khalizad makes a case for negotiating with Iran for Politico.
The National Interest details “what America can learn from Zalmay Khalilzad.”
― Wall Street Journal
"One of the most intriguing individuals to play a leading role in the Bush-era wars is Zalmay Khalilzad, a polished diplomat who was the most senior Muslim in the White House at the time of the 9/11 attacks."
― The Financial Times
"The Envoy is the story of the remarkable life journey of one of our nation's great diplomats. Riveting in its telling, inspiring in its stories, and insightful in its commentary, The Envoy is a book that should find its way onto the bookshelf of anyone who cherishes the American dream and cares about what is happening in our world today."
- Michael Morell, former Acting and Deputy Director of the CIA and author of the bestselling book about terrorism, The Great War of Our Time
"A remarkably candid account by a man who was at the eye of the storm of U.S. foreign policy over the first decade of the 21st century. Ambassador Zal Khalilzad understands as few others do the complex interplay between politics and policy in Washington, and what it takes to implement those decisions in some of the toughest environments around the world."
― Lt. General David Barno (ret.), former head of Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan
“Zalmay Khalilzad and I were both born abroad, became American, and worked as academics and practitioners of U.S. foreign policy. He has always operated with a positive vision about what America represents in the world. Zal offers compelling insights into what it means to be of two places, and he has a fascinating and gritty story to share of the making of U.S. policy in one of the most complicated and challenging regions of the world.”
― Madeleine Albright