Mia Farrow’s son working for Holbrooke on Pakistan

October 23, 2009

The sons of actors and presidents have been in the news a lot lately.

Take Mia Farrow’s 21-year-old son Ronan, who was all over the blogosphere today for his role as liaison between the office of star “Afpak” diplomat Richard Holbrooke and nongovernmental groups working in Pakistan.

PAKISTAN-USA/Several NGO officials said they were taken aback when Holbrooke, the special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, introduced his protege at a meeting in Washington this week as a “special liaison” on Pakistan.

“It was a surprise but we don’t see this really as a big deal. He’s not the only point of contact for us,” said one NGO of  Farrow’s appointment.

Ronan Farrow, whose father is famous director Woody Allen, has known Holbrooke for years apparently, and helped the veteran diplomat before.

What experience does the recent Yale Law School graduate bring to the job?

He has worked with the United Nations Children’s Fund and also helped his mother in her well-publicized advocacy work for Sudan’s Darfur region. CHAD

A quick Google search also turns up a series of recent articles on Darfur and other human rights issues that the younger Farrow has written in leading publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

Another famous son in the news this week was the 23-year-old offspring of France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy who was up for a big Paris job managing La Defense district.

A furor erupted that the undergraduate law student was unqualified to take responsibility for a corporate hub that generates about 10 percent of French GDP.

Photo credit: Reuters/Faisal Mahmood (Holbrooke in Pakistan in June), Reuters/staff photographer (Mia Farrow in Bahai in 2007)

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You missed another son. Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s son Zain was reported interning at the the office of Senator John Kerry, author of the Kerry-Lugar bill that parceled out $ 7.5 billion U.S tax-payer money to Pakistan.

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