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Ali Khedery serves as Senior Adviser to the Commander of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), where he is charged with providing political and cultural counsel to the Commander, and personally representing him across the Arab world with the objective of cultivating and strengthening the U.S. Government's relations with the regional media, opinion-makers, and allied government leaders. Khedery served in the same capacity under CENTCOM Commander General David H. Petraeus from February 2009 through July 2010, where he was explicity tasked with establishing a new CENTCOM forward office in Dubai "to help promote an alliance of Sunni states, both to stabilize Iraq and to counter Iran's moves in the region." [1]

From June 2003 through February 2009, Khedery served as special assistant and adviser to four American ambassadors in Iraq, including Ambassadors Patrick F. Kennedy, James F. Jeffrey, Zalmay M. Khalilzad, and Ryan C. Crocker. During this period, Khedery participated in and advised on some of the most sensitive and historic negotiations in modern Iraqi history, including the formation of the Allawi, Jafari, and Maliki governments; the drafting of the Iraqi Constitution and the Security Framework and Security Agreements; and the trilateral U.S.-Iran-Iraq summits. For his contqributions to American diplomatic and national security interests, Khedery was awarded the Secretary of State’s Tribute, and is the youngest recipient in history of the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

On August 2, 2010, the Washington Post's Ernesto Londono reported that Khedery will be among a handful of Iraq experts tapped by the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department "to assist with the American transition and assess U.S. policy regarding Iraq's stagnant government formation process." [2]

Khedery studied Government, History, and Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Texas Governor's, Congressman Bill Archer, and Jeffrey J. Dye fellow. [3] Khedery previously served with the Office of the Governor of Texas and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and assisted in editing and publishing Stefanie Sanford's "Civic Life in the Information Age." [4] At the age of 27, Khedery became among the youngest members of the U.S. Government's Senior Executive Service, with the civilian-equivalent rank of major general.

Literary References

In his book "Squandered Victory," author Larry Diamond referred to Khedery as "an Iraqi American liaison to the Governing Council, who looked as though he was sixteen but operated as if he had been through a dozen of the hardest-fought political campaigns." [5]

In her book "Tell Me How This Ends," author Linda Robinson highlights that Khedery "was the only American official who had been in Baghdad, in the inner circle, for the entire five years of the war. The gifted young man had worked for every iteration of the American mission, for Jay Garner, Paul Bremer, and Ambassadors John Negroponte, Zalmay Khalilzad, and Ryan Crocker. Khedery, who spoke fluent Arabic, traveled with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and knew all the other Iraqi politicians. At Bremer's request, he had worked with Samir Sumaidaie when he was interior minister, before Bayan Jabr took over and allowed the Badr militia to set up secret prisons in the Jadriya compound. Hundreds of brutally tortured prisoners had been found there in late 2005. Khedery knew that many human rights travesties had occurred under the new regime. He knew where the metaphorical bodies were buried and many of the actual ones. Many Iraqis called him to find where their family members had been detained. Throughout the years, had used his contacts and knowledge of the players to ferret out the information and get many Iraqis released. But some trails had gone cold. One Iraqi mother called him regularly. Her son had been taken in 2005 by the Wolf Brigade, the notorious National Police brigade originally known as the Special Commandos. She believed he had been taken to the Jadriya prison. Khedery moved heaven and earth to try to find him. In the summer of 2007, she called him at his desk outside Crocker's office. Her pitiful voice rent him. He was deeply pained that he had not been able to find her son. He hated to admit it, but he knew that the young man was very likely dead. Thin and tired, Khedery finally decided it was time to go back to the United States. He left Iraq in the spring of 2009." [6]

In her book "Civic Life in the Information Age," author Stefanie Sanford writes, "special thanks must go to my most detail-oriented friend and colleague Ali Khedery. We traveled the post-defense last mile together, checking and rechecking formats, paginations, table numbers, and a host of minutia demanded by MAI 101. He has been in the Green Zone trying to help build a democracy in Baghdad since his days as my right hand in the Governor's Office and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I think that if his career as a leading diplomat falls through, there could be a job as "margin police" in his future. You're the best -- come home soon and safely." [7]


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