2005 was the 40th anniversary of Singapore's independence. This collection of essays by Singapore's past and present diplomats tells the remarkable story of how this small and vulnerable country has become a stable, prosperous and respected member of the international community. The essays include those from the late President Wee Kim Wee and President S R Nathan as well as seminal contributions from the four former Foreign Ministers — Mr S Rajaratnam, Mr S Dhanabalan, Mr Wong Kan Seng and Professor S Jayakumar. The current Foreign Minister, Mr George Yeo, has written the foreword. The absorbing stories about people, places and international politics make this book a highly enjoyable read for all who are interested in Singapore, its history, and foreign policy.
In the stories contained in this book you will find and discover:
which other Q (quotient), besides IQ (intellectual quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient), a successful diplomat needshow our diplomats helped to look after and evacuate Singaporeans in dangerous situationshow our diplomats have been able to overcome the size of our country and punch above our weightwhy the burial of a buffalo head, with our diplomats acting as gravediggers, was of paramount significance to our embassy in Indonesiaabout the 24/7 schedules that our foreign service desk officers keep, sleeping with handphones in their pyjamasthe advantage of being a lady Ambassador in a man's worldthe power of ideas and friends in diplomacy
This book is also available as a set with The Little Red Dot, Volume II.
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Contents:The PresidentsMinistersPermanent SecretariesMadam AmbassadorsFirst Generation DiplomatsThe Second GenerationNon-Resident Ambassadors
Readership: General readers interested in Singapore, its history, and foreign policy.
Singapore;DiplomacyKey Features: The first ever collection of essays by former and current Singapore diplomats spanning the first 40 years of Singapore's independence. Lessons about the art and science of diplomacy A comprehensive Annex of the Milestones in Singapore's External Relations