PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Richard C. Holbrooke ’62, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and chief architect of the 1995 Dayton Accords ending the war in Bosnia, will deliver a lecture at Brown University on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at 4:30 p.m. in Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green. His talk, titled “The World Crisis,” is part of The Directors Lectures Series on Contemporary International Affairs sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies. It is free and open to the public.
Holbrooke will also sign copies of his best-selling book To End a War beginning at 3:45 p.m. in the lobby of Salomon Center for Teaching. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
“Ambassador Holbrooke’s grasp of such a wide range of critical global issues – from the war on AIDS to the war in Iraq – is rare indeed,” said Barbara Stallings, director of the Watson Institute for International Studies. “He does us a great service in sharing his insight and experience with the University community.”
Holbrooke began his five-year appointment as Brown University professor-at-large in February 2007, based at the Watson Institute. Brown established the professor-at-large position to invite individuals of exceptional distinction to participate in the intellectual and academic life of the University. Other current professors-at-large include Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil; Carlos Fuentes, the distinguished author; Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile; and Shirley Brice Heath, a linguistic anthropologist.
Richard C. Holbrooke
Richard C. Holbrooke has a distinguished record as a diplomat. In 1993, President Clinton appointed him to serve as U.S. ambassador to Germany and in 1994 as assistant secretary of state for European and Canadian affairs. Holbrooke is widely credited as the chief architect of the 1995 Dayton peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia. In 1999, Clinton appointed Holbrooke to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations with Cabinet rank.
During the Carter administration, Holbrooke served as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs and was instrumental in normalizing American-Sino relations in 1978. He also served as the director of the Peace Corps program in Morocco in 1970.
Holbrooke is currently chairman of the Asia Society, an organization dedicated to strengthening relationships between the United States and Asia; chief executive officer of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which mobilizes the private sector against those diseases; founding chairman of the American Academy in Berlin, which advances U.S.-German cultural exchange; and vice chairman of Perseus LLC, a private equity firm. Holbrooke has written numerous articles and two best-selling books: To End a War, a memoir of the Dayton negotiations, and Counsel to the President, Clark Clifford’s memoir for which he served as co-author. He also writes a monthly column for the Washington Post.
Holbrooke, a history major during his student years at Brown, has served as a member of the Watson Institute’s Board of Overseers and received the 1996 Roger Williams Award, the Brown Alumni Association’s highest honor. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Brown, awarded in 1997.