The Incidental Oriental Secretary and Other Tales of Foreign Service

Author: Richard L. Jackson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0761867872
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This memoir attempts to capture the humor and sheer incongruity of working across cultures in an international career spanning diplomacy and education. Written in a light hearted tone, it also delves into tragic consequences in countries such as Somalia, Libya and Greece. While critical in many respects of US foreign policy, it also hopes to attract adventurous young men and women of today's generation to possible careers in diplomacy. The author uses humor and anecdote to highlight the monumental changes in the world environment and practice of diplomacy in the short space of a single career. The book features cover art and interior sketches by Eliza Jackson.

Raising the Flag

Author: Peter Eicher
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 1640120408
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Since its inception the United States has sent envoys to advance American interests abroad, both across oceans and to areas that later became part of the country. Little has been known about these first envoys until now. From China to Chile, Tripoli to Tahiti, Mexico to Muscat, Peter D. Eicher chronicles the experience of the first American envoys in foreign lands. Their stories, often stranger than fiction, are replete with intrigues, revolutions, riots, war, shipwrecks, swashbucklers, desperadoes, and bootleggers. The circumstances the diplomats faced were precursors to today’s headlines: Americans at war in the Middle East, intervention in Latin America, pirates off Africa, trade deficits with China. Early envoys abroad faced hostile governments, physical privations, disease, isolation, and the daunting challenge of explaining American democracy to foreign rulers. Many suffered threats from tyrannical despots, some were held as slaves or hostages, and others led foreign armies into battle. Some were heroes, some were scoundrels, and many perished far from home. From the American Revolution to the Civil War, Eicher profiles the characters who influenced the formative period of American diplomacy and the first steps the United States took as a world power. Their experiences combine to chart key trends in the development of early U.S. foreign policy that continue to affect us today. Raising the Flag illuminates how American ideas, values, and power helped shape the modern world.

India and the World

Author: Surendra Kumar
ISBN: 9788183283847
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If there in anything constant in the world, it is change, especially in today s globalised world. Thirty mandarins of the South Block look at the current changes in different parts of the world, try to connect them with developments of the recent past, analyse and dissect them with experience and understanding spanning decades and strive to foresee what s likely to happen and weigh how that could impact India s relations with the rest of the world. This book is a unique treasure of thoughts and ideas of Indian diplomats who have collectively put in more than 1150 years in Indian Foreign Service, representing three generations: those who joined in 1950s, in the 1960s and the 1970s. While some have shared reflections and reminiscences of their roller coaster journey of diplomatic career, others have focused on India s relations with different countries and regions. A few have set out on a rather philosophical mode wondering whether it s hard power or the soft power or the soul power that serves national interests best and whether the days of quiet diplomacy are numbered. All in all, it s a heady cocktail of reflections and reminiscences, hardnosed analysis and dispassionate interpretation and, of course, some crystal ball gazing. This distinctive study of international relations and contemporary history offers thought-provoking ideas and will not just benefit practitioners and informed students of foreign affairs but the general readers as well."

The Orient the Liberal Movement and the Eastern Crisis of 1839 41

Author: Pierre Caquet
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319341022
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This book focuses on the Eastern Crisis of 1839-41, closely examining the first instance of coordinated Western intervention in the Middle East during the modern era. Readers can explore topics such as how culture, domestic politics, and ideology shaped diplomacy in this landmark crisis, and the importance role played by religion - including, alongside mainstream Christianity, the Protestant Zionist movement. Highly informative and fully researched, this book suggests that the Eastern Crisis - and its associated diplomatic and military efforts - marked the first of many modern-era attempts to “improve” the region by moulding it in a Western image, providing scholars with a new perspective on this period of history.

Global Financial Warriors The Untold Story of International Finance in the Post 9 11 World

Author: John B. Taylor
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393609235
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“A valuable insider’s account of financial diplomacy in the Bush administration.”—Jeffrey E. Garten, Washington Post Sworn in as head of the U.S. Treasury Department’s international finance division just three months prior to 9/11, John B. Taylor soon found himself at the center of the war on terror. Global Financial Warriors takes you inside the White House Situation Room, to the meetings of the G7 finance ministers, and to cities worldwide as Taylor assembles a coalition to freeze terrorist assets, plans the financial reconstruction in Afghanistan, oversees the development of a new currency in Iraq, and deals with the spread of financial crises. From reforming the IMF and the World Bank to negotiating international agreements to reduce Iraq’s debt by 80 percent and cancel the debt of very poor countries, Taylor’s unparalleled access offers the reader an insider’s account of a pivotal time in international finance.

China s New Rulers

Author: Andrew James Nathan
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590170724
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Profiles the leaders of China's Politburo Standing Committee, tracing their rise to power and their anticipated role in propelling China toward a market economy with stronger ties to the United States. Reprint.