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Over forty years of service to the United Nations the last ten as Secretary General Kofi Annan has been at the centre of the major geopolitical events of our time As much a memoir as a guide to world order THE ARC OF INTERVENTION provides a uniue behind the scenes view of global diplomacy during one of the most tumultuous periods in UN historyWith elouence and immediacy Annan writes about the highs and lows of his years at the United Nations from shuttle diplomacy during crises such as Kosovo Lebanon and Israel Palestine to the wrenching battles over the Ira War to the creation of the landmark Responsibility to Protect doctrine He is remarkably candid about the organizations failed efforts particularly in Rwanda Bosnia and Darfur Yet Annan embeds these tragedies within the context of global politics revealing how time and again the nations of the world have retreated from the UNs radical mandate Ultimately Annan shows readers a world where solutions are available if we have the will and courage to see them throughOver forty years of service to the United Nations the last ten as Secretary General Kofi Annan has been at the centre of the major geopolitical events of our time As much a memoir as a guide to world order THE ARC OF INTERVENTION provides a uniue behind the scenes view of global diplomacy during one of the most tumultuous periods in UN historyWith elouence and immediacy Annan writes about the highs and lows of his years at the United Nations from shuttle diplomacy during crises such as Kosovo Lebanon and Israel Palestine to the wrenching battles over the Ira War to the creation of the landmark Responsibility to Protect doctrine He is remarkably candid about the organizations failed efforts particularly in Rwanda Bosnia and Darfur Yet Annan embeds these tragedies within the context of global politics revealing how time and again the nations of the world have retreated from the UNs radical mandate Ultimately Annan shows readers a world where solutions are available if we have the will and courage to see them throughOver forty years of service to the United Nations the last ten as Secretary General Kofi Annan has been at the centre of the major geopolitical events of our time As much a memoir as a guide to world order THE ARC OF INTERVENTION provides a uniue behind the scenes view of global diplomacy during one of the most tumultuous periods in UN historyWith elouence and immediacy Annan writes about the highs and lows of his years at the United Nations from shuttle diplomacy during crises such as Kosovo Lebanon and Israel Palestine to the wrenching battles over the Ira War to the creation of the landmark Responsibility to Protect doctrine He is remarkably candid about the organizations failed efforts particularly in Rwanda Bosnia and Darfur Yet Annan embeds these tragedies within the context of global politics revealing how time and again the nations of the world have retreated from the UNs radical mandate Ultimately Annan shows readers a world where solutions are available if we have the will and courage to see them through


7 thoughts on “Interventions: A Life in War and Peace

  1. says:

    Viele interessante Details über die einzelnen Handlungen der UN Kein besonders schweres Englisch Kofi Annan trennt seine pernönliche Meinung klar von den Fakten teils äußert er offen Kritik teils auch indirekt er spricht hierbei sehr sensible Themen an Buch hat gute Optik und Haptik Stark verschachtelte Sätze störenFazit All in all it's only for people who are interested in the whole topic of international politics and especially human rights


  2. says:

    Das Buch bietet interessante Einblicke in die Weltpolitik Allerdings nervt etwas Annans Attitüde dass er es schon immer besser gewusst hat


  3. says:

    My guess is this one of those weighty coffee table books with a buying to reading ratio of about 51 In this regard it shares some noble company with other autobiographies of the great and good Which is a profound shame For about half way though this book suspicion that this is yet another attempt to rewrite history lest future historians take a less positive view of this multilateral era gives way to a growing admiration of a man who faces an impossible task For the exercise of leadership reuires followership and the position of Secretary General is secretary than general; servant than master So it with increasing respect that I read of his attempts to steer a course through the messy politics of what many regard as the anachronism of the UN Security CouncilI am also exercised by the political imperative to engage with leaders who seem set on destruction of their own people andor rape their countries in the odious pursuit of personal wealth Yet he demonstrates that to engage is not to condone And his honest admission that UN diplomacy is rarely successful yet rarely wasted provides a reality check for those who seek a ideologically pure role for the UNThese are lessons that become clearer towards the end of 'Interventions' and I confess that I only truly began to appreciate this book and this man when I reached chapters 7 and 8 addressing wars and conflict in the Middle East and IraAs with many books which attempt to provide a brief summary of events the narrative becomes somewhat simplistic at times; on numerous occasions he uses the phrase I decided which surely belies the complex process of consultation reuired and perhaps plays down the contribution of many who surely provided advice and ideasBut this is a sobering and important read And a fascinating insight into the world of the UN in the 21st century


  4. says:

    Awakens a realisation of just how onerous and deep were the challenges confronting Kofi Annan during his tenure as UN Secretary General and who despite the persistent lack of political will of member States possessed a courage and tireless resolve to intervene in intra State conflicts tackle poverty and the HIV epidemic and by so doing saved thousands of lives An inspiration and revelation


  5. says:

    Kofi Annan is one of those people who for me is like Mandela and Gandhi not perfect but he does really care about people and what is happening to them He try's hard to improve the lot of many people including the Palestine'sIt written so it is easy to get into and follow it and he makes some interesting comments about world leadersGlad I bought it


  6. says:

    Less of a memoir and of an exonerationjustification of his actions during his time as UN sec general Annan comes across by turns as a messiah and a badass There are no shocking revelations Annan's accounts of various key events Somalia Rwanda Bosnia Ira toe the party line of majority public opinion The focus is very much on these high profile conflicts as well as the Millennium Development Goals and there was no mention of the obscure human rights issues going on around the world for example in Western SaharaAll things considered a good read and a decent modern history of the UN but I was expecting a lot from this uniue perspective


  7. says:

    I should begin by saying this book is worth the read for anyone curious about the operations of the UN and international diplomacy Having said that the book highlights massive flaws in the structure of the UN it's dependency on the US it's lack of real power and an apparent over empowerment of the Secretary General as opposed to the institution of the UN Going by the language this book was written the number of I decided to In the book will have you think the UN is Mr Annans personal private enterprise