Book reviews 1999 – 2003

Keeping the Peace in the Cyprus Crisis of 1963-64

(Palgrave-Macmillan: Basingstoke and New York, 2002), pp. 241 (with index). ISBN 0-333-74857-3. [ buy this book ] After some difficulties, a UN force was established in Cyprus (UNFICYP) following the collapse of the bicommunal independence constitution of this former British colony - a constitution which the Greek Cypriots had always felt too favourable to the [...]

The International Law Commission 1949-1998. Vol. One: The Treaties, Part I

(Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1999), pp. 608 (with index). ISBN 0-19-829803-X. [ buy this book ] This first volume of a three-volume set is - price apart - a marvellous text for any student of diplomatic and consular law. Four of its seven chapters fall under these heads: ch. 3, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic [...]

Leadership Selection in the Major Multilaterals

(Inst. for International Economics: Washington, Nov. 2001), pp. 132 with index. ISBN 0-88132-335-7. [ buy this book ] Inspired by the damaging leadership contest fiascos of recent years in certain international organizations, not least that in the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1998-9, this is a timely and important book. Kahler emphasises that if these [...]

A Diplomat in Siam (introduced and edited by Nigel Brailey)

first published 1994, rev. ed., Itineraria Asiatica, Thailand vol. VIII (Orchid Press: Bangkok, 2000), pp. 208, with index; ISBN 974-8304-73-6; price USD23.00 [ buy this book ] email: Nigel Brailey, a University of Bristol historian who is well known to students of Sir Ernest Satow, is to be congratulated on bringing out a revised [...]

Bilateral Diplomacy

(DiploProject: Geneva and Malta, 2002), pp. 283, with index. ISBN 99909-55-16-6 [ buy this book ] The second book on diplomacy by the former Indian ambassador, Kishan Rana, is hot on the heels of his first, Inside Diplomacy, reviewed with great enthusiasm on this site last year. It is the first in a new series [...]

Unvanquished: A U.S.-U.N. Saga

(I.B. Tauris: London and New York, 1999), ISBN 1-86064-497-X, pp. 352, incl. index. [ buy this book ] Question: When is a diplomatic victory not a diplomatic victory? Answer: When it is achieved by means of a veto in the Security Council of the United Nations. Nowhere is this maxim more tellingly illustrated than in [...]

Decision-Making in the UN Security Council: The case of Haiti, 1990-1997

(Clarendon Press: Oxford, 1998), ISBN 0-19-829483-2, pp. 322 with index. [ buy this book ] Question: 'When is a "Foreword" not a "Foreword"? Answer: When it is written by Adam Roberts. This book started life as an Oxford doctoral thesis under the supervision of Professor Roberts, and the former supervisor has done both the former [...]

Consular Law and Practice, 2nd edn

(Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1991) ISBN 0-19-825601-9, pp. 739 with index. [ buy this book ] The author of this book is a member of the US State Department's Senior Executive Service, Chairman of the International Law Association Committee on the Legal Status of Refugees, and Adjunct Professor of Law at the American University. It [...]

The system of privileges and immunities applicable to the international organisations in Switzerland and to the permanent foreign delegations in Geneva

(Geneva, 1997) pp. 67; pamphlet in A4 format; available free on request (English, French or Spanish) from Ms Danielle Wertmueller Amadeo Perez is Legal Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the International Organisations in Geneva, and this booklet is therefore authoritative. It is a revised edition of an article published in the UNITAR [...]

Herding Cats: Multiparty Mediation in a Complex World

(United States Institute of Peace Press: Washington, D.C., 1999) ISBN 1-878379-92-5, pp. 735 with index. [ buy this book ] This massive book is divided into three main parts, each of the chapters in which is a case study of a particular mediation written by an individual who played a key role in it. The [...]

Frontline Diplomacy: The U.S. Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection on CD-ROM

(ADST: Arlington, VA, 2000). (PC only). Available to non-member individuals at $145, and to institutions/corporations at $475 (offline use) or $800 (networked use). The ADST is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is 'to spread knowledge about the practice and history of modern American diplomacy'. To this end, its Oral History Project, created in 1985 [...]

Yes, (Saudi) Minister! A Life in Administration

(The London Centre of Arab Studies, 1999), ISBN 1-900404-17-6. [ buy this book ] After a brilliant ministerial career in Riyadh, Algosaibi fell from grace at the Ministry of Health in 1984. This was the start of his diplomatic life, which commenced in Bahrain and continued in London. This is a shrewd and lively book. [...]

Journeying Far and Wide: A Political and Diplomatic Memoir

(Scribner's: New York, 1992), ISBN 0-684-19350-7, 352pp with index. [ buy this book ] Kaiser was an active Democrat and 'noncareer officer' in the US Foreign Service under three Democratic presidents: Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter. His memoir, which is uncluttered with the trivial detail sometimes found in this genre and written with great verve, will [...]

A Selection of New diplomatic memoirs

Harry Brind, Lying Abroad: Diplomatic Memoirs (London/New York: 1999) pp. xi + 260. [ buy this book ] Richard Faber, A Chain of Cities: Diplomacy at the End of Empire (London/ New York: 2000) pp. vii + 224. [ buy this book ] Sally James, Diplomatic Moves: Life in the Foreign Service (London/New York: 1995) [...]

Inside Diplomacy

(Manas Publications: New Delhi, 2000), 455pp. with Index, ISBN 81-7049-102-2. [ buy this book ] This is a book on diplomacy in general and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in particular. It is also a gem, and a large gem. It breathes life, wisdom, and good humour, and is full of rich detail. I found [...]

Born a Foreigner: A Memoir of the American Presence in Asia

(Rowman and Littlefield: Lanham and Oxford, 1999), pp. 281, ISBN 0-8476-9469-0. [ buy this book ] This is the eighth volume in the ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Series, and is a very solid addition to it. Cross, who was born of missionary parents in Beijing, spent 32 years in the US Foreign Service, and though [...]

Making Foreign Policy: A Certain Idea of Britain

(John Murray Publishers, 2000), ISBN 0-7195-6046-2, Pp. 224, Index, price UK £17.99. [ buy this book ] In the course of his distinguished diplomatic career Sir John Coles worked in the Cabinet Office and was Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. At the time of his retirement in 1997 he was concluding over [...]

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