Names Special Envoy for Afghanistan
December 31, 2001
President Bush announced today the appointment of Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad as his
Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan. The Special Envoy is a representative
to the Afghan people as they seek to consolidate a new order, reconstruct their
country and free it from al-Qaida and Taliban control. The position of the Special
Envoy was established to underscore the President's support for these objectives.
The Special Envoy will work with the Representative of the United Nations Secretary
General on Afghanistan. He will report to the President through Secretary of
State Colin Powell. Dr. Khalilzad will continue as the Special Assistant to
the President for Southwest Asia, Near East and North Africa, reporting through
the National Security Advisor, Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
Dr. Khalilzad headed the Bush-Cheney Transition team for the Department of Defense
and has been a Counselor to Secretary of Defense Donald 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
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning. He also served as a senior political
scientist at RAND and an associate professor at the University of California
at San Diego in 1989 and 1991. From 1985 to 1989 at the Department of State,
Dr. Khalilzad served as Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for
Political Affairs, advising on the Iran-Iraq War and the Soviet War in Afghanistan.
From 1979 to 1989, Dr. Khalilzad was an Assistant Professor of Political Science
at Columbia University. Dr. Khalilzad holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago