BCSIA Director's Seminar

"Foreign Policy in an Election Year"


Richard Holbrooke

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations

Date: Thursday, October 28th

Time: 9:30 – 11 AM (Refreshments will be provided)

Place: BCSIA Library (L369)

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is proud to host a Director's Seminar on "Foreign Policy in an Election Year" with Richard Holbrooke, Former Ambassador to the United Nations.

Ambassador Holbrooke most recently served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, where he was also a member of President Clinton’s cabinet (1999-2001). As Assistant Secretary of State for Europe (1994-1996), he was the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia. He later served as President Clinton’s Special Envoy to Bosnia and Kosovo and Special Envoy to Cyprus on a pro-bono basis while a private citizen. From 1993-1994, he was the US. Ambassador to Germany.

During the Carter Administration (1977-1981), he served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and was in charge of U.S. relations with China at the time Sino-American relations were normalized in December, 1978.

After joining the Foreign Service in 1962, he served in Vietnam (1963-66), including a tour of duty in the Mekong Delta for AID. He worked on Vietnam at the Johnson White House (1966-68), wrote one volume of the Pentagon Papers, and was a member of the American delegation to the Vietnam Peace Talks in Paris (1968-69).

Richard C. Holbrooke is currently Vice Chairman of Perseus, a leading private equity firm.

He has received twenty honorary degrees and numerous awards, including several Nobel Peace Prize nominations. He is the Founding Chairman of the American Academy in Berlin, a center for U.S.-German cultural exchange; President and CEO of the Global Business Coalition, the business alliance against HIV/AIDS; and Chairman of the Asia Society. Corporate board memberships include American International Group and Quebecor World. NGO board memberships include the American Museum of Natural History, the National Endowment for Democracy, The Africa-America Institute, the Citizens Committee for New York City, the Council on Foreign Relations, Refugees International and The Humpty Dumpty Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

We hope you can join us for what will be an interesting and informative discussion.