A Life in War and Peace

Book - 2012
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With eloquence 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 Iraq War to the creation of the landmark Responsibility to Protect doctrine.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781594204203
Branch Call Number: B Annan 2012
Characteristics: xiv, 383 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mousavizadeh, Nader


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Nov 16, 2016

A candid, honest, and meditative reflection on Kofi Annan's term as secretary general of the UN, as well as an analysis of the basic purpose and future of the United Nations through the perspective of a rapidly changing world. I especially enjoyed how the author stresses the importance of the United Nations turning away from the sovereignty of countries, member states, and political positions, and focuses rather on the individual and their rights and safety. The phrase "responsibility to protect" is used more than once. Also personally enlightening were the chapters about the US involvement in the Iraq war post 9/11, and the development and reception of the millennium development goals. A long and powerful read, this book introduced me to many different situations occurring around the planet, and the complexities involved in addressing them.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2013

February 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter


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