On behalf of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) team, thank you to the thousands of friends, around the world and in the United States, who have reached out to express their heartfelt condolences over Ambassador Holbrooke's passing. He inspired the deepest loyalty and love in those who worked for him and with him.
Ambassador Holbrooke epitomized great diplomacy: loving his country and its values, and using every tool at his disposal to solve problems and improve lives. "Diplomacy is like jazz," he liked to say, "improvisation on a theme." Over the course of his career, his diplomatic efforts have touched nearly every country in the world. As Secretary Clinton noted shortly after his passing: "...From his early days in Vietnam to his historic role bringing peace to the Balkans to his last mission in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Holbrooke helped shape our history, manage our perilous present, and secure our future."
All of us that he touched mourn this loss. But we are also mindful that his critical work -- making the world a safer, more peaceful place -- must continue, as he would have wanted most of all. Ambassador Holbrooke was a man who stared down adversity, and chaos, and never faltered. The important mission that guides our work remains. We will carry forward his legacy, and we will not falter either.
For those who would like to submit a personal message of condolence, please use the following email address: HolbrookeCondolences@state.gov.
Statements from Officials:President Barack ObamaVice President Joseph BidenSecretary of State Hillary Rodham ClintonSecretary of Defense Robert GatesAdmiral Mike MullenTributes:Richard Cohen: Holbrooke -- An Extraordinary ManRajiv Chadrasekaran: Richard Holbrooke - Veteran US Diplomat Brokered Dayton Peace AccordsJoe Klein: Richard HolbrookeForeign Policy: A look at the foreign-policy titan from the people who knew him bestContributions:
In lieu of flowers, people are invited to make donations to the following organizations in Ambassador Holbrooke's name:
Africa America InstituteAmerican Academy in BerlinAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryCitizens Committee for New York CityCouncil on Foreign RelationsGlobal Business CoalitionRefugees International
Providence, RI 02912, USA
(Donor should note in the memo portion of their check: In memory of Richard C. Holbrooke; donations will be allocated to the Richard Holbrooke Fund for International Affairs at the Watson Institute.)