Remembering Ambassador Holbrooke

December 14, 2010
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke in Afghanistan

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:

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

Brown University
Gift Cashier
Box 1877
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.)



Ronald B.
New York, USA
December 15, 2010

Ronald B. in New York writes:

I got an e-mail from the Balkans this morning:

"Mr. Holbrooke was a giant, who turned and pushed the wheel of history".

December 15, 2010

C.C. writes:

Great information about Remembering Ambassador Holbrooke, thanks for sharing.......

New York, USA
December 15, 2010

Leticia in New York writes:

Diplomacy has lost a great negotiator, Mr. Holbrooke was an excellent diplomat and his absence will be felt internationally! My deepest condolescences to the Holbrooke family!

Parnel I.
Connecticut, USA
December 15, 2010

Parnel I. in Connecticut writes:

This man has done unbelievable service for this country and untold other countries. He was true and of a high moral fabric which is so rare today. We have lost a most valuable giant. May his family be consoled that they were able to be apart of this great man's life

South Korea
December 16, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

"Diplomacy is like jazz,"

Mourn to Ambassador Holbrooke


Latest Stories