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Richard Holbrooke
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Diplomat
    (April 24, 1941-December 13, 2010)
    Born in New York City, New York
    US Ambassador to Germany (1993-94) and the United Nations (1999-2001)
    Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific (1977-81) and Europe (1994-96)
    Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2009-10)
    Foreign policy advisor for the presidential campaigns of Al Gore (1988), Bill Clinton (1992), John Kerry (2004) and Hilary Clinton (2008)
    After a meeting with Suharto, he reportedly worked behind the scenes to prevent an arms embargo against Indonesia during the genocide in East Timor (1977).
    He was a contender to replace Warren Christopher as Secretary of State but was passed over in favor of Madeline Albright.
    He and his son reportedly received multiple below-rate loans from Countrywide Financial because he was a friend of the company's CEO.
    He had the undiplomatic sounding nicknames 'the Bulldozer' and 'Raging Bull.'
    Joe Biden called him 'the most egotistical bastard I've ever met.'
    He was director of the Peace Corps in Morocco (1970-72).
    He brokered the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia (1995).
    He received a standing ovation from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after he negotiated a reduction in US dues to the UN and an overhaul of the UN's outdated financial systems in return for the US paying up its back dues (2000).
    He got the UN Security Council to pass a resolution on HIV, the first time it treated a public health matter as a security issue.
    He headed the NGO (non-government organization) The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Credit: C. Fishel


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