Great Negotiator 2004: Ambassador Richard Holbrooke


Edited by James K. Sebenius and Ellen Knebel

Video featuring Ambassador Richard Holbrooke discussing his role brokering the Dayton agreement that ended the 1992-95 war in Bosnia as well as his role in resolving the multinational dispute over U.S. dues owed in arrears to the United Nations


Each year, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School presents the Great Negotiator Award to an individual whose lifetime achievements in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution have had a significant and lasting impact. In 2004, the Program on Negotiation selected Ambassador Richard Holbrooke as the recipient of its Great Negotiator Award.

Ambassador Holbrooke is a highly regarded diplomat and negotiator perhaps best known for his central role in helping broker the 1995 Dayton Agreement following the 1992-95 war in Bosnia, as well as his leading role in resolving the multinational dispute over U.S. dues owed in arrears to the United Nations. Over his four-decade career, Ambassador Holbrooke has served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Asia as well as for Europe, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, managing director of Lehman Brothers, managing editor of Foreign Policy, and director of the Peace Corps in Morocco. Ambassador Holbrooke’s success in some of the world’s most difficult negotiations has led to him receive seven nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Program on Negotiation honored Ambassador Holbrooke in events in October 2004. These began with an in-depth faculty-moderated discussion with an invited group of students, faculty and guests at Harvard Business School and concluded with Ambassador Holbrooke receiving the Great Negotiator Award at a formal dinner at Harvard Law School. This DVD features excerpts from both discussions with Ambassador Holbrooke.

Previous recipients included Stuart Eizenstat, former Special Representative of the U.S. President and Secretary of State, for his work negotiating reparations for victims of Nazi Germany (2003); Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. Special Envoy to Afghanistan, for his mediating work in numerous international conflicts, including orchestrating the Bonn Conference that established an interim Afghan government following the 2001 fall of the Taliban (2002); Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. Trade Representative in the second Clinton administration, for her efforts negotiating a variety of complex international trade agreements (2001); and Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, for his orchestration of peace talks in Northern Ireland (2000).

The DVD booklet includes a guide to the 34 DVD tracks as well as a complete transcript of the DVD contents.

Great Negotiator 2004: Ambassador Richard Holbrooke Attributes

Time required: 2-3 hours
Teaching notes available: No
Produced by: Edited by James K. Sebenius and Ellen KnebelProgram on Negotiation (2008)
Run Time: 2 hours, 32 minutes