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June 16, 2011

Democratization
Khalilzad: Democracy Promotion in Egypt, Syria Highest Priority

Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations, discusses democracy promotion in the Middle East following the Arab Spring with Mark Lagon, Adjunct Senior …

November 3, 2009

Elections and Voting
Karzai’s Moment of Opportunity

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad says the Obama administration must determine how to use its leverage to help shape a competent government in Kabul.

May 24, 2017

Trump Foreign Policy
Podcast U.S. secretary of defense James Mattis is greeted by Presidential Palace staff in Kabul, Afghanistan as he prepares to meet Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in April 2017. Afghanistan, Fifteen and a Half Years Later

Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to examine President Donald J. Trump's priorities on Afghanistan…

February 23, 2006

Iraq
Iran’s Goals in Iraq

Iran continues to raise concerns in Washington that it is intent on destabilizing postwar Iraq. Most recently, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad accused Iran of meddling in Iraqi affairs by financing …

October 25, 2011

Russia
Russia and U.S. National Interests: Why Should Americans Care?

Overview As the United States and Russia approach the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union on December 25, 1991, the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and Int…

March 9, 2007

Iran
Timeline: U.S.-Iran Contacts

Since cutting ties in 1979, U.S.-Iran dialogue has been sparse and largely fruitless.

March 30, 2009

Afghanistan
Iran and the Future of Afghanistan

U.S. and Western military officials are calling on Iran to help stabilize Afghanistan, but historic tensions and allegations of arming militants raise doubts about Tehran’s intent.

September 16, 2013

Iran
A New UN Message From Iran?

New Iranian leadership and the UN effort to remove Syrian chemical weapons offer a rare chance for collaboration between Washington and Tehran—and advance nuclear talks, says expert Gary Sick.

October 26, 2006

Iraq
Iraq’s Militia Groups

The number of militias is reportedly multiplying in Iraq, while their loyalties grow more dispersed and their tactics more violent and sectarian-focused.