A Very American Diplomat
Where: Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Ave.
212-288-6400 Price: $20
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Fiercely intelligent and deeply creative, the late diplomat Richard Holbrooke left an indelible mark on global politics. He was twice named Assistant Secretary of State, served as America’s ambassador to Germany and the United Nations, brokered peace in Bosnia, and served as President Obama’s representative in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Yet despite his accomplishments, Holbrooke never attained the heights that he sought. Did overreaching ambition and boundless self-confidence prevent this statesman from achieving greater results on the world stage? And how did such failings mirror the principles and practices of the country he served? Join George Packer, author of a new biography of Holbrooke, as he dissects the brilliance of “our man” in Afghanistan and beyond, with PEN America CEO and former State Department official Suzanne Nossel. This fascinating examination will be introduced by journalist and Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski.
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