Richard Holbrooke and U.S. Global Leadership from the Cold War to the Obama Era
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
George Packer, Jeffrey Goldberg (moderator)
Thu, May 9th, 2019 | 6:30 pm
(Members $24)


From the Vietnam War to America’s involvement in Afghanistan, discover how U.S. global leadership has evolved over the past 50 years through the lens of the late diplomat Richard Holbrooke, who was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars and played a critical role in foreign affairs under Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama.

George Packer, a staff writer at the Atlantic and a former staff writer at the New Yorker, is the author of Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century. Jeffrey Goldberg (moderator) is editor in chief of the Atlantic.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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