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Name: Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke                                               
Born: 24 April 1941 New York City, New York                                           
Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (born April 24, 1941) is an American diplomat,       
magazine editor, author, Peace Corps official, and investment banker. He is also     
the only person to have held the Assistant Secretary of State position for two       
different regions of the world (Asia and Europe).                                     
From 1993-1994, he was U.S. Ambassador to Germany. Although long well-known in       
diplomatic and journalistic circles, Holbrooke achieved great public prominence       
only when he brokered a peace agreement among the warring factions in Bosnia         
that led to the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, in 1995. He lost to             
Madeleine Albright in 1997 when Bill Clinton chose a replacement for Warren           
Christopher as Secretary of State. Albright was a good friend of then-First Lady     
Hillary Clinton. From 1999-2001, Holbrooke served as U.S. Ambassador to the           
United Nations.                                                                       
He was an advisor to the Presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) in 2004.     
In 2006, Holbrooke joined the Presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY)   
and has become a top foreign policy adviser; Holbrooke's name is often referred       
when speaking of Secretary of State in a Democratic administration and is likely     
to be a contender for the position.                                                   
Perhaps more hawkish than most Democrats, Holbrooke has a very aggressive style       
that some find off-putting. Others find him an effective, hard-nosed negotiator.