Diplomatic RuminationsUnder appreciated at home Abba Eban s mellifluous voice and far reaching command of the English language
made him Israeli s most prestigious ambassador abroad The book looks back to the earlier him Israeli s most prestigious ambassador abroad The book looks back to the earlier of his career and his impressions on the role of diplomats and diplomacy in the last half of the 20th century especially
The Cold War And His Hopes For The FutureContradiction Appears Cold War and his hopes for the futureContradiction appears be the norm in diplomatic affairs and Eban relates a number of delightful often humorous anecdotes and interesting observations For example in 1906 the US had a mere 9 embassies abroad and a sum total of 800 persons in the foreign service and as such was ill informed and ill prepared for the larger role that it had in the Paris 1919 peace conference As President Wilson noted I never knew that there were a million Germans in Bohemia Eban then speculates on the role of ignorance in the conduct of world affairs and argues that reliance on principles rather than realities became one of the fundamental enablers of the 2nd world wa. In this wise and elouent book one of the world’s preeminent senior statesmen presents his views on the challenges of diplomacy in the post Cold War era 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 overnments draws on his years of experience and knowledge to offer an overview of diplomacy as Israeli overnments draws on his years of experience and knowledge to offer an overview of diplomacy as in today’s worldInterweaving historical data with personal remin. .
Ember states to be anything but nor does it have the reuisite powers and it is than doubtful that it should As to the Security Council which supposedly is the domain of the 5 Great Powers he notes Lyndon Johnson s astute uip Who are the other three And for all the talk of international law nations and diplomats fear the binary nature of legal decisions where all could be lost or won on a single judgement and ultimately prefer negotiations or even warThe unbridled optimistic tone of the last two chapters is not in keeping with the sharp analysis applied elsewhere Eban oes horribly wrong is in his predictions for the Oslo Accords but understandably so iven the apparent breakthrough they represented at the time and the desirability of the hoped for outcome Applying hindsight the results were far less than the imagined possibilitiesA too brief and interesting read and Eban s last book before he died in 2002 Recommended Very well written peppered with fascinating firsthand accounts of major diplomatic moments in the 20th century. An increasingly intrusive media shows that nuclear warfare is not a restraint against freuent military intervention and warns against inflated views of what can be expected from the United Nations He concludes with thoughts about the uest for peace in the Middle EastInstructive erudite and witty Eban’s tour through diplomatic history vividly demonstrates
that the wisdom of the past can be immensely valuable as we seek to negotiate and maintain peace in the future.the wisdom of the past can be immensely valuable as we seek to negotiate and maintain peace in the future. R Carrying on he notes that stated policy often
contradicted Wilson was for openness much of the deliberations of 1919 were done in secret to their advantageactions Wilson for openness much of the deliberations of 1919 were done in secret to their advantage private positions can be changed whereas public positions for reasons of saving face often cannot Publicly sovereignty was championed but policy thereafter was conducted according to the views of those such as George Kennan who advocated respecting the spheres of influence of the reat powers and as such human rights often Threads Of The Shroud get trampled And while the 1975 Helsinki Declaration focused on the Soviet Union Eban saw that the brutality corruption suppression and involvement in the arms trade of 3rd world nations should have been of eual if notreater concernHe accurately assesses the myths about the power and relevance of the United Nations to which he was seconded as Israeli s representative As an assembly OF AMORAL AND IMMORAL NATIONS IT IS UNREASONABLY GRANTED amoral and immoral nations it is unreasonably ranted be a moral authority As a policeman and monitor of the peace it is beholden to the interests of its Iscences 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 oes on to deplore the lack of privacy in international negotiations that is the result of. .