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PeacemakersAmerican Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans$
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James W. Pardew

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813174358

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813174358.001.0001

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Richard Holbrooke

Richard Holbrooke

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James W. Pardew

University Press of Kentucky

Richard Holbrooke was a more complex figure than is suggested by his cliché image as a desperately ambitious, difficult but capable diplomat. Holbrooke was a special foreign policy talent. Unfortunately, his personality undermined his potential: Secretary of State was a goal that eluded him for the rest of his life. His personality was too strong, his profile too high, and the insecurity in Washington too pervasive to give him such a platform. At the end of his life, he fails to connect with President Obama as the envoy for Afghanistan.

Keywords:   Holbrooke, talent, Secretary of State, personality, insecurity, ambitious, Obama, Afghanistan

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