What are Khalilzad memoir’s lessons for U.S. policy?


Raymond Tanter, Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, asks in The National Interest:

First, regarding theory: recognize bureaucratic principles, as modified by recent research, which is quite critical of these principles.

Second, with respect to history, reconcile realism without illusion to idealism, aimed at preservation of freedom, as the central task of statecraft. Such a posture is the essence of the public service of Ambassador Khalilzad.

Third, concerning threat perception, think outside the box. Because an “inner-and-outer” like Khalilzad thinks outside the box in the Wohlstetter tradition, Khalilzad is positioned to continue making contributions to the national interest, and to international peace and security in general.

Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Iraq and Afghanistan, will speak at the Center for the National Interest in Washington, DC, on April 12, 2016, as part of the rollout of his new book, The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World, Tanter adds:

Khalilzad spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on March 31 in an event moderated by CBS Anchor Bob Schieffer, and an event was held for Khalilzad at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), with President Carl Gershman as moderator.


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