We’re pleased to announce that just yesterday, the Center’s Senior Diplomatic Fellow, Ambassador Peter Galbraith, was appointed U.N. deputy envoy to Afghanistan.
His new appointment undoubtedly will be a challenging one as Amb. Galbraith will handle political issues in war-torn Afghanistan, as well as security reform and human rights issues. Under U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan Kai Eide, Amb. Galbraith will play a crucial role in setting the stage for the presidential election scheduled to occur in August.
Amb. Galbraith is widely known for his various positions in the U.S. government and the U.N., particularly his efforts in the Croatia and Bosnia peace process as former U.S. ambassador to Croatia. In 1995, he helped mediate the Erdut Agreement that ended the war in Croatia by providing for peaceful reintegration of Serb-held Eastern Slavonia into Croatia. Among other positions, he was also a senior advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and served as a cabinet member in East Timor.
Amb. Galbraith is also widely known as a fierce critic of George W. Bush’s policies in the war in Iraq. In September 2008, he released his latest book on the Iraq war, Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America’s Enemies, a critical look at the devastating results the Iraq War has had on America and her allies.