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Diplomacy for the next century

Author: Abba Solomon Eban
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Abba Eban, who has been Israel's ambassador to the United Nations and to the United States as well as the foreign minister in several Israeli governments, draws on his years of experience and knowledge to offer an overview of diplomacy as practiced in today's world. Interweaving historical data with personal reminiscences, Eban reviews the Cold War period and its end in 1989, praising the diplomatic restraint in the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abba Solomon Eban
ISBN: 0300072872 9780300072877
OCLC Number: 37890415
Description: 191 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: A credentials ceremony: September 15, 1950 --
The Cold War remembered --
Dilemmas of diplomats --
The perils of analogy --
Human rights seldom win --
The intrusive media --
Where, if not at the summit? --
Still too many wars --
The United Nations: no "new order", yet --
The Oslo negotiations --
The unfinished quest for peace in the Middle East.
Responsibility: Abba Eban.

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Abba Eban, who has been Israel's ambassador to the United Nations and to the United States as well as the foreign minister in several Israeli governments, draws on his years of experience and knowledge to offer an overview of diplomacy as practiced in today's world. Interweaving historical data with personal reminiscences, Eban reviews the Cold War period and its end in 1989, praising the diplomatic restraint in the years that have followed; discusses the ethical confrontation between power and conscience in a wide range of international decisions and actions; and points out the difficulty of reconciling the promotion of universal human rights with respect for national sovereignty. Eban goes on to deplore the lack of privacy in international negotiations that is the result of an increasingly intrusive media, shows that nuclear warfare is not a restraint against frequent military intervention, and warns against inflated views of what can be expected from the United Nations. He concludes with thoughts about the quest for peace in the Middle East.

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