Why She Matters
Chaudhary was a self-described "backbencher" on the AfPak desk when she was pulled into a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The two debated the wisdom of engaging non-governmental power centers in Pakistan. Clinton was so impressed that she was appointed to a front-line job in the Office of Policy Planning just 48 hours later.
Just months later, she made a jump up to the National Security Council, where she took on the Pakistan directorship.