The Hon. Zalmay M. Khalilzad
Former US ambassador to the UN, Iraq, and Afghanistan; and President and CEO
Mr. David S. Sedney
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia
Mr. Shuja Nawaz
Director, South Asia Center
TIME: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Atlantic Council
1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
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Zalmay Khalilzad is the president and CEO of Gryphon Partners. From 2007 to 2009, he served as US Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Prior to that, he served as US Ambassador to Iraq (2005-2007) and US ambassador to Afghanistan (2003 to 2005). He also served as US Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan (2001 to 2003). Amb. Khalilzad maintains close ties with high-level leadership throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, and is regularly called upon to provide strategic advice to numerous heads of state. He appears frequently on US and foreign media outlets to share his foreign policy expertise. Amb. Khalilzad earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the American University of Beirut, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
David Sedney was deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs from 2009-2013 and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia from 2007-2009. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Beijing from 2004-2007. From 2003-2004 Sedney was Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Kabul, where he was Charge d’Affaires from August-November 2003. Sedney was also Deputy Chief of Mission in Kabul in 2002, after the re-opening of the embassy. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Suffolk University School of Law. He has received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award six times, and Department of State's Meritorious Honor Award twice. He attended Louisiana State University’s School of Law where he studied Law of the Sea and International Law. Sedney is a distinguished graduate of the National War College.