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America and the World of Islam: The Role of Women in Muslim Societies

Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli
Senior Adviser for Women's Empowerment to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

When she was sworn-in in 1990 as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs, Shirin Tahir-Kheli was the first Muslim Ambassador for the United States. As Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State (2005-2009), Ambassador Tahir-Kheli played a key role in policy formulation during a critical year for reform efforts in the United Nations and was central to the effort to support the empowerment of women. She has worked with the international community and has spearheaded the establishment and the work of the Women Leader's Working Group, which consists of twenty foreign ministers and five heads of state/government.

Tahir-Kheli was listed by Newsweek in March 2011 as one of the "150 Women Who Shake the World." In July 2012, she was part of a short list of "Immigrants: The Pride of America" noted in The New York Times.

Shirin Tahir-Kheli received her B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1990 and is currently a Senior Fellow for the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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