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Zalmay Khalilzad

Zalmay KhalilzadAKA Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad

Born: 22-Mar-1951
Birthplace: Mazari-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

Gender: Male
Religion: Muslim
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern [1]
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Diplomat

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Ambassador to the UN, 2007-09


[1] Pashtun.

Father: Khalilullah Khalilzad (d.)
Mother: Zahra Khalilzad
Brother: David Khalilzad
Brother: Tory Khalilzad
Sister: Aziza Monawar
Sister: Malika Monawar
Sister: Basima Khalilzad
Wife: Cheryl Benard (analyst at
RAND Corporation, two sons)
Son: Alexander Khalilzad Benard
Son: Maximilian Khalilzad Benard

    High School: Ghazi Lycée, Kabul
    University: BA, American University of Beirut
    University: MA, American University of Beirut
    University: PhD, University of Chicago
    Professor: Political Science, Columbia University (1979-89)

    US Ambassador to the United Nations (17-Apr-2007 to 20-Jan-2009)
    US Ambassador to Iraq (21-Jun-2005 to 26-Mar-2007)
    US Ambassador to Afghanistan (28-Nov-2003 to 20-Jun-2005, special envoy)
    US National Security Council Islamic Outreach, Southwest Asia Initiatives
    US Defense Department Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, Policy Planning (1991-92)
    US State Department Special Advisor to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs (1985-89)
    Cambridge Energy Research Associates Analyst
    Unocal Consultant
    Council on Foreign Relations
    Project for the New American Century
    RAND Corporation Project Air Force (1993-99)


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