Richard Holbrooke

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Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (born April 24, 1941) is a New Yorker who has had a varied career as a professional American diplomat, magazine editor, author, Peace Corps director, and investment banker.

Although long well-known in diplomatic and journalistic circles, Holbrooke achieved great public prominence only when he brokered a peace agreement among the warring factions in Bosnia that led to the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995. He is also the only person to have held the Assistant Secretary of State position for two different regions of the world (Asia and Europe).

Although he lost out to Madeline Albright in 1997 when Bill Clinton chose a replacement for Warren Christopher as Secretary of State, Holbrooke is still seen as a leading contender for that post in any future Democratic administration. He was an advisor to the Presidential campaign of John Kerry in 2004. While not an extremist in his views, (he is perhaps more hawkish than most Democrats), Holbrooke has a very aggressive style that some find off-putting. Others see him as an effective, hard-nosed negotiator.

He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Citizens Committee for New York City, and the Economic Club of New York. He is a board member of American International Group and the National Endowment for Democracy and is Chairman of International Rescue Committee and Refugees International. He is also the Founding Chairman of the American Academy in Berlin, and Vice Chairman of Perseus LLC. He has written numerous articles and two books, and has received more than a dozen honorary degrees. He currently (2005) writes a monthly column for The Washington Post.

Ambassador Holbrooke has two sons. He is currently married to Kati Marton, an author and journalist. She was formerly married to anchorman Peter Jennings.

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