Richard Holbrooke, 1941-2010

Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, died on December 13, 2010. A top U.S. diplomat for years, Holbrooke achieved public prominence after brokering a peace agreement that ended the conflict in the Balkans.

Here, Holbrooke receives the Robert C. Frasure award for Operational Diplomacy in Washington in 1997.

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Holbrooke in 1999 addresses a National Press Club luncheon in Washington.

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Holbrooke and former President Bill Clinton in 2000 arrive at the United Nations.

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Holbrooke in 2000 hosts a tour of the USS John F. Kennedy in New York City.

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Holbrooke, in February 2009, meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul.

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Holbrooke, center, meets with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), left, and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), right, before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan.

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Holbrooke in 1997 with fellow U.S. diplomat Robert Gelbard at a press conference held by Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic.

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Holbrooke, left, in May 2009, meets with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office.

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Holbrooke in 2008 with former President George H.W. Bush in Berlin, where Bush received the Henry A. Kissinger Prize.

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Holbrooke in 2009 in Brussels, Belgium, before a meeting with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana.

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