For more than 15 years, Ross was a British diplomat on the frontlines of numerous international crises, including the war in Afghanistan. Here he provides a compelling account of what's wrong with contemporary diplomacy and offers a bold new vision of how it might be put right.
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Carne Ross is Founder and Executive Director of Independent Diplomat, an innovative venture in the world of international relations that that advises nations and political movements across the three pillars of contemporary diplomacy: political and diplomatic strategy, international law and public diplomacy. He previously served in the British Foreign Office for more than fifteen years. Between 1997 and 1998, he was speechwriter to the British Foreign Secretary. He then spent four and a half years in the UK delegation on the UN Security Council, where he was the UK delegation's Middle East expert, holding the rank of First Secretary, and later served as Strategy Coordinator for the UN in Kosovo (UNMIK), advising the Secretary-General's Special Representative on diplomatic and political tactics. In 2005, he was named by Britain's Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust as one of its seven "visionaries for a just and peaceful world."
2. The Embassy
3. The Negotiation (1)
4. War Stories
5. Them and Us
6. The Telegram or How to Be Ignored
7. The Ambassador
8. Star Trek, Wittgenstein and the Problem with Foreign Policy
9. The Negotiation (2)
10. Independent Diplomat or the Other Side of the Table
11. Conclusion-The End of "Diplomacy"?
"Carne Ross exposes the absurdity, the ignorance, and the indifference of international bureaucracies, quietly and with clear-sighted accuracy. His prose is ironic, measured, and elegant. His integrity, the nuance of his account, and his self-awareness make him impressive not just as a writer but as a person."--Rory Stewart, author of The Prince of the Marshes and The Places In Between "This is a rare and honest book about real-life diplomacy, reported from the coal-face. Ross diagnoses much that is wrong with the way diplomacy is practiced today, and offers some cogent--and urgent--solutions."--George Soros "Ross argues that nation-states' narrowly-defined interests often overwhelm and exclude more complex, sophisticated ways of understanding . . . . The undemocratic nature of diplomacy, Ross charges, combined with many diplomats' lack of specialized knowledge--whether assigned to conflict-prone countries or to multinational institutions such as the UN or the EU--leads to decision-making largely detached from the needs and concerns of the people in the countries affected."--Foreign Service Journal "Unhappy with American and British claims that Iraq was developing unconventional weapons, Mr. Ross testified in June 2004 at an official inquiry into the British government's use of intelligence. Two months later, convinced he could no longer work in the foreign service, he resigned. . . . But it is his broad critique of the way international diplomacy is conducted that has ruffled feathers the most. In Independent Diplomat, he takes the foreign service to task."--New York Times