Thursday, February 07, 2013

Ambassador Chris van Hollen (1922-2013), R.I.P.

Chris van Hollen was a long-time diplomat,  a well-respected figure in Washington foreign policy circles during the 1980s and 1990s.  I used to see him occassionally at Middle East events, and I remember extended conversations with him about the Levant, especially Lebanon.  In the early 1990s he was editor of the Middle East Journal at the Middle East Institute.

He was a thoughtful, gentle man who enjoyed new ideas, and yet brought a world of experience and hard-won lessons to the table.  I remember him fondly and with gratitude.

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