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Special trust and confidence : envoy essays in Canadian diplomacy

Author: David Reece
Publisher: Ottawa : Carleton University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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These Eclectic Memoirs by seventeen former Canadian ambassadors explore the challenges, both novel and routine confronting diplomats abroad. They eschew the "great moments" in history in favour of real-life problems: designing a new embassy building, furthering aid, trade and immigration, the closing of missions, coping with war in the host country, or dealing alternately with headquarters in Ottawa and mercurial
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Reece
ISBN: 0886292921 9780886292928
OCLC Number: 35976033
Language Note: Includes some text in French.
Notes: Includes some text in French.
Description: x, 291 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / David Reece --
1. Breaking Ground in Budapest, 1978-1982 / Dorothy Armstrong --
2. Making Things Happen at the United Nations / William H. Barton --
3. Indochina: From Desk Officer to Acting Commissioner / Arthur E. Blanchette --
4. Closing a Mission: Cyprus, 1970 / Gordon Brown --
5. Playing for Time: South Africa, 1969-1972 / Harry H. Carter --
6. Ottawa, Rome, Bruxelles, 1972-1984: Quels Defis? / D'Iberville Fortier --
7. Les Otages de Stanleyville / M. Michel Gauvin and M. D'Iberville Fortier --
8. En Ambassade Au Moyen-Orient de 1970 a 1974 / Jacques Gignac --
9. Assignment in China: 1984-1987 / Richard V. Gorham --
10. A Foreign Service Officer and Canada's Nuclear Policies / J.G. Hadwen --
11. Crisis Management in Nato: The Polish Crisis, 1980-1984 / John G.H. Halstead --
12. Moscow, 1980-1983: The Second Cold War / Geoffrey A.H. Pearson --
13. Africa and the Caribbean: Initiative and Influence / David Reece.
Responsibility: edited by David Reece.

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These Eclectic Memoirs by seventeen former Canadian ambassadors explore the challenges, both novel and routine confronting diplomats abroad. They eschew the "great moments" in history in favour of real-life problems: designing a new embassy building, furthering aid, trade and immigration, the closing of missions, coping with war in the host country, or dealing alternately with headquarters in Ottawa and mercurial heads of government. Postings range from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indochina, the UN and NATO, the Middle East and Iraq, China and Japan, Africa and the Caribbean, to Western Europe, Hungary and the former USSR.

These essays lend credence and force to the view that embassies often need, or choose, to take important initiative and that instructions from Ottawa are often adapted or reinterprete to deal with rapidly evolving local situations. "Special Trust and Confidence" will appeal to government officials of every stripe, to students and teachers of international relations, indeed, to any reader of a "worldly" bent.

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