The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World

The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World

The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World

The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World


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Richard Holbrooke, who died in December 2010, was a pivotal player in U.S. diplomacy for more than forty years. Most recently special envoy for Iraq and Afghanistan under President Obama, Holbrooke also served as assistant secretary of state for both Asia and Europe, and as ambassador to both Germany and the United Nations. He had a key role in brokering a peace agreement among warring factions in Bosnia that led to the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995.

Widely regarded to possess one of the most penetrating minds of any modern diplomat of any nation, Holbrooke was also well known for his outsized personality, and his capacity to charm and offend in equally colossal measures. In this book, the friends and colleagues who knew him best survey his accomplishments as a diplomat, activist, and author. Excerpts from Holbrooke’s own writings further illuminate each significant period of his career.

The Unquiet American is both a tribute to an exceptional public servant and a backstage history of the last half-century of American foreign policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610392150
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Derek Chollet is counselor and senior advisor for security and defense policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies, and an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University's Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. From 2012 - 2015, Chollet was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, where he managed U.S. defense policy toward Europe (including NATO), the Middle East, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere.

Chollet has also been a fellow at The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the American Academy in Berlin. He has been a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at The George Washington University and an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University.

Samantha Power: " Samantha Power is the executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 1993 to 1996 she covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a reporter for U.S. News and World Report and the Economist. In 1996 she worked for the International Crisis Group (ICG) as a political analyst, helping launch the organization in Bosnia. She is a frequent contributor to the New Republic and is the editor, with Graham Allison, of Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact. A native of Ireland, she moved to the United States in 1979 at the age of nine, and graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School. She lives in Winthrop, Massachusetts. "

Table of Contents

Preface Derek Chollet Samantha Power xi

Introduction Kati Marion 1

1 The Audacity of Determination 7

Thinker, Doer, Mentor, Friend Strobe Talbott 8

The Machine That Fails (Winter 1970-1971) 23

Foreword to Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World (2003) 34

The Paradox of George F. Kennan (March 21,2005) Richard Holbrooke 39

2 The Journalist 43

Reporting Truth to Power E. Benjamin Skinner 44

That Magnificent Hunger Jonathan Alter 58

The Writing on the Wall (July 27,1961) 62

Washington Dateline: The New Battlelines (Winter 1973-1974) 65

Jack Frost Nipping at the Years (March 5,1975) Richard Holbrooke 72

3 Vietnam 75

Richard Holbrooke and the Vietnam War: Past and Prologue Gordon M. Goldstein 76

A Generation Conditioned by the Impact of Vietnam (December 20,1969) 96

A Little Lying Goes a Long Way (September 10, 1971) 99

Pushing Sand (May 3, 1975) 101

Our Second Civil War (August 28, 2004) 106

Why Vietnam Matters (2008) Richard Holbrooke 109

4 Asia in the Carter Years 115

Restoring Americas Role in Asia Richard Bernstein 116

Escaping the Domino Trap (September 7, 1975) 132

Conscience and Catastrophe (July 30,1984) 146

Much Too Tough to Be Cute (March 3,1997) 157

The Day the Door to China Opened Wide (December 15, 2008) Richard Holbrooke 159

5 Europe in the Clinton Years 163

Holbrooke, a European Power Roger Cohen 164

America, a European Power (March/April 1995) 176

Hungarian History in the Making (December 1999) 190

Berlin's Unquiet Ghosts (September 10,2001) Richard Holbrooke 194

6 Bosnia and Dayton 197

Ending a War Derek Chollet 198

Bosnia: The "Cleansing" Goes On (August 16, 1992) 209

With Broken Glass (April 25,1993) 212

Why Are We in Bosnia? (May 18,1998) 214

Foreword to The Road to the Dayton Accords (2006) 225

The Face of Evil (July 23,2008) Richard Holbrooke 235

7 The United Nations 239

Holbrooke in Turtle Bay James Traub 240

The United Nations: Flawed But Indispensable (November 2, 1999) 251

Last Best Hope (September 28,2003) Richard Holbrooke 257

8 Fighting HIV/AIDS 263

The Global HIV/AIDS Crisis John Tedstrom 264

AIDS: The Strategy Is Wrong (November 29, 2005) 274

Sorry, But AIDS Testing Is Critical (January 4,2006) Richard Holbrooke 278

9 Afghanistan and Pakistan 281

The Last Mission David Rohde 282

Rebuilding Nations (April 1,2002) 296

Afghanistan: The Long Road Ahead (April 2,2006) 300

Still Wrong in Afghanistan (January 23,2008) 303

Hope in Pakistan; The Problems Are Real, But So Is the Progress (March 21,2008) Richard Holbrooke 306

10 Mentor and Friend 309

All That's Left Samantha Power 310

A Sense of Drift, a Time for Calm (Summer 1976) 319

The Next President: Mastering a Daunting Agenda (September/October 2008) Richard Holbrooke 333

Notes 355

About the Contributors 359

Index 363

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