Richard Holbrooke: The Man Who Knew How to End a War

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Richard Holbrooke, US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, took part in a discussion on International security in the southern German city of Passau on November 12, 2010 (ARMIN WEIGEL/AFP/Getty)

Richard Holbrooke, President Obama’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan and famed diplomat, died of heart failure yesterday. He was 69. Holbrooke was the man that many presidents had turned to when they wanted to find a way to end a war. In the mid-1990s, Holbrooke helped broker the peace accords that ended the war in Bosnia. And right up until his death he was working on bringing stability to the Afghan-Pakistan region.

Chris Hedges is the former Balkan Bureau Chief for The New York Times.  He covered Holbrooke closely during the Dayton accords.  And Steve Clemons is the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and a close personal friend of Hobrooke's. 


Steve Clemons and Chris Hedges

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Jen Poyant

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