Amb. Richard Holbrooke, a giant of American government and one of Foreign Policy's very first editors, passed away on Monday at the age of 69. From Vietnam, where he was an early and forceful internal voice of dissent on U.S. military policy, to the Balkans, where he engineered the Dayton Accords that brought years of bloodshed to an end, to Afghanistan, where he was sent by President Barack Obama to help salvage yet another faltering U.S. military adventure, few figures had as large or as lasting an impact on U.S. diplomacy over the last half century.
Holbrooke will be remembered as much for his forceful negotiating style (Henry Kissinger once said, "If Richard calls you and asks you for something, just say yes. If you say no, you'll eventually get to yes, but the journey will be very painful") as his prodigious talent for making and keeping friends in high places. To honor Holbrooke's legacy, FP has collected the following reminiscences from some of the foreign-policy practitioners, journalists, and scholars who knew him best.
- Holbrooke: Astride the Khyber Pass By Peter Bergen
- A Man for Barbarous Coasts By James Traub
- On the Death of a Wise Man By David Rothkopf
- More Formidable as a Friend than an Enemy By Carl Bildt
- The Last of the Establishment By Robert D. Kaplan
- An Editor to the End By Vali Nasr
- A Historian at Heart By Derek Chollet
- How Holbrooke Saved Banja Luka By Peter Galbraith
- Beneath the Bluster By Gahl Burt
- Dick and Kati By Jacob Weisberg
- The AIDS Pioneer By Jack Chow
- If Only Holbrooke Had Been in the Balkans in 1914 By Fritz Stern
- Richard Holbrooke In His Own Words at FP's Global Thinkers Event