President Bush has nominated veteran diplomat Robert Patrick John Finn to become U-S ambassador to Afghanistan.
Mr. Finn is currently a professor of Turkish studies at Princeton University in (the U-S state of) New Jersey.
He served as U-S ambassador to Tajikistan from 1998 to last year.
The appointment requires Senate approval. The U-S embassy in Kabul was reopened, last year, after being shut down for nearly 13 years.