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Book review: The Envoy by Zalmay Khalilzad

By Robert Fry   June 2016

The EnvoySt Martin’s Press, £19.99

American diplomacy owes a considerable debt to the Perra family of Ceres, California. The Perras accepted a young Zal Khalilzad into their home as part of the American Field Service exchange programme; he promptly fell in love with America and so the scene was set for an extraordinary conjunction of individual destiny and history.

After an academic career at Chicago and Columbia, Khalilzad entered the musical chairs world of think tanks and successive Republican administrations, alternating between the two. Had events not intervened, he would probably have…

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