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Richard Holbrooke

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April 24, 1941

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Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke is an American diplomat, magazine editor, author, Peace Corps official, and investment banker. He is also the only person to have held the Assistant Secretary of State position for two different regions of the world .

From 1993-1994, he was U.S. Ambassador to Germany. Although long well-known in diplomatic and journalistic circles, Holbrooke achieved great public prominence only when he brokered a peace agreement among the warring factions in Bosnia that led to the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, in 1995. He lost to Madeleine Albright in 1997 when Bill Clinton chose a replacement for Warren Christopher as Secretary of State. Albright was a good friend of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton. From 1999-2001, Holbrooke served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

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