Holbrooke on tour

by Dafydd on 3/1/2010 · 5 comments

Richard Holbrooke has been on a tour of Central Asian Capitals. This is not very widely reported, but is in Asia Times.

This seems like a step outside his obvious remit (special envoy to AfPak), and to have fallen short of outstanding success.

– Turkmenistan was cancelled due to ‘scheduling conflicts’ (one can only assume a new shopping centre in the shape of BerdyAkhmedov’s beard was being opened)
-The Bishkek press conference was cancelled
-The Dushanbe conference came accross as ‘short and terse’

Would be interested to read of other reports on this little tour…..

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Shannon March 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm


DOHA — The U.S. led and won wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, similar to the one it is currently fighting in Afghanistan, says Richard Holbrooke.


reader March 2, 2010 at 8:27 am

Holbrooke is like the proverbial you-know-what, he will never be good or gracious enough to flush himself away. Jeez, what is with the US, it’s like a really bad melodrama with an extremely small cast.

Peter March 2, 2010 at 8:42 am
Shannon March 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

He went to Georgia afterward. The Holbrooke-Saakshvili meeting was about the biggest intersection of buffoons I have seen in a while. The only way it could have been worse is if John McCain had showed up.


Cornelius March 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm


Eurasianet is always worth checking out on issues such as this one.

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