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The Ambassador: Inside the Life of a Working Diplomat (Capital Currents) (Capital Currents) [Hardcover]

By John Shaw & Sandra Day O'Connor (Foreward By)
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Foreward by former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Using the life and work of one of the world's most accomplished diplomats, Sweden's Jan Eliasson, this provocative book offers a unique inside view of how modern diplomacy shapes world political debate and affects the outcome of major events and international relations. Ambassador Eliasson has provided diplomatic reporter John Shaw with up close access to his work for a year - his last in Washington as ambassador. Shaw has attended policy meetings with the Ambassador, watched him give speeches, host high-level receptions, and interact with other senior diplomats. Using Eliasson as the vehicle, "The Ambassador" delves into what modern diplomats really do and offers a unique, personal, behind-the-scenes glimpse of international statesmanship. Eliasson is of special interest because he was recently selected to be the president of United Nations General Assembly beginning in September, 2005. He will be in the news over the next several years. Contents Chapter 1 The Ambassador from Central Casting An overview of the life and work of Jan Eliasson, Sweden's ambassador to the United States and one of the stars of Embassy Row, deeply involved in Washington's political, economic, and philanthropic worlds. Ambassador Eliasson is a master of all things that modern diplomats must do: work a reception room, draft a policy memo, lobby a lawmaker, chat up the Chief Justice, nail down a trade or investment deal and host a reception. Chapter 2 The Swedish Context A brief account of Sweden's impressive diplomatic traditions, including its intensive work with the United Nations, its support for humanitarian causes, and the importance it has placed on its bilateral relationship with the United States. Chapter 3 Diplomatic Excellence Ambassador Jan Eliasson's background, including his family, education and training and his remarkably wide-ranging career in diplomacy which includes postings in Paris, Bonn, Washington, and Salisbury, Zimbabwe, where he opened the first Swedish embassy in 1980. He has worked in war zones in Somalia, Sudan, and the Balkans, negotiated a truce in the brutal war in Nagarno-Karabakh, spent more than 25 hours in direct talks with Saddam Hussein in the 1980s, including harrowing negotiations in Saddam's presidential palaces, was diplomatic advisor to the Swedish prime minister, served as the U.N.'s first undersecretary for humanitarian affairs, was a university professor, and became ambassador to Washington in September 2000. Chapter 4 Ambassador to the Capital of the World How Jan Eliasson has emerged as one of Washington's best diplomats, creating an extensive network of contacts in Congress, the White House, State Department, Supreme Court and Washington's think tank community; how he works on Capitol Hill, Embassy Row and with Swedish-Americans across the country. Chapter 5 Reflections and Ruminations A probing look at Jan Eliasson's views on how diplomacy has changed during his storied forty year career; how he has managed to bridge the worlds of classical diplomacy which he was taught in Sweden and the informal diplomacy that he has practiced--and perfected----in Washington, D.C. The chapter concludes with his assessment of the state of diplomacy in the modern world.

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Pages   188
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 20, 2006
Publisher   Capital Books (VA)
ISBN  1933102160  
ISBN13  9781933102160  

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international networking - advanced class  Feb 15, 2007
Had the benefit of seeing the author and subject at a DC event , so must say from the outset, that this may have an unfair advantage.
Shaw does a fine job, capturing the essence of Eliasson's modus operandi and how that translates into cognitive and situational connectedness.
The book is a "how to" and ""why you should" parlay networking skills to enable a greater good.
Though written from the POV of an Ambassador in international settings and circumstances, I got the impression that if one picks up on the themes and techniques - one could improve one's lot in life personally, career, and in business, overall.
Enjoyed the blunt, straight forward, A-political nature of the discussions, and picked up (learned ) where the Ambassador stopped short of going to far, after he had made his point.
Excellent insite into how/why certain international situations happenned, and gives suggestions as to how some may have been avoided, without sounding like a monday morning quarterback. More. like lesssons for us to observe for the next time.


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