The Incidental Oriental Secretary and Other Tales of Foreign Service

The Incidental Oriental Secretary and Other Tales of Foreign Service

by Richard L. Jackson

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This memoir attempts to capture the humor and sheer incongruity of working across cultures in an international career spanning diplomacy and education. Written in a light hearted tone, it also delves into tragic consequences in countries such as Somalia, Libya and Greece. While critical in many respects of US foreign policy, it also hopes to attract adventurous young men and women of today's generation to possible careers in diplomacy. The author uses humor and anecdote to highlight the monumental changes in the world environment and practice of diplomacy in the short space of a single career.

The book features cover art and interior sketches by Eliza Jackson.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761867876
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Publication date: 07/13/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Richard Jackson was an American Foreign Service Officer for three decades with postings in Somalia, Libya, Washington, Greece, the United Nations and Morocco. He then served eleven years as President of Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece, later becoming an international consultant on higher education and a freelance writer.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xix

I Entry on Duty 1

II Somalia 7

III From Kingdom to Jamahiriya 37

IV Foggy Bottom* 57

V Multilateral Diplomacy 89

VI The Fabled Kingdom 109

VII Heritage as Handicap, the Case of Greece 149

VIII Epilogue 197

Appendix I Richard L. Jackson, "The Unraveling of a Greek Crisis." 207

Appendix II "Ma Yinchu: From Yale to Architect of Chinese Population Policy." Richard Jackson 221

Appendix III "The Founders' Intent" Richard Jackson 235

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