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Dubious Mandate

A Memoir of the UN in Bosnia, Summer 1995. 20 b&w photogr…
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Titel: Dubious Mandate
Autor/en: Phillip Corwin

ISBN: 0822321262
EAN: 9780822321262
A Memoir of the UN in Bosnia, Summer 1995.
20 b&w photographs, 3 maps.
Sprache: Englisch.
Duke University Press

1. April 1999 - gebunden - 312 Seiten

A senior UN official's account of the war in Bosnia as he experienced it on duty in Sarajevo.
Phillip Corwin held a number of posts during his twenty-seven years with the United Nations, including that of a speechwriter for former Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar. After participating in peacekeeping missions in Haiti, Western Sahara, and Afghanistan, he became the UN's chief political officer in Sarajevo. He is also the author of three collections of short stories and three books of poetry.
"The most illuminating of the latest additions to the burgeoning Balkan library is the short memoir by Phillip Corwin, who spent much of 1995 in Sarajevo as an American UN official. He describes what it was like to be there with brutal honesty and attacks all the participants with a sharp pen. "The leaders of all the factions in Bosnia," he writes, "were merely gangsters wearing coats and ties. The world community knew it, but seldom admitted it publicly." As the corruption at the heart of the wretched Bosnian state is now revealed for all to see, it is refreshing to be reminded that some people read the writing on the wall at the time"--Richard Gott, New Statesman, 6 September, 1999 "The largely untold 'other side' of the story focussing on the role of the Bosnian government is written with intense verve by a dedicated UN international civil servant coping with deep distrust, ethnic cleansing, cruelty, threats, and war. Corwin's service was in the tradition of Ralph Bunche, whose dedication to the UN and its charter set an example of integrity and commitment for other UN officials serving in peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations." (Dr. Joseph J. Sisco, Chairman of the Academy of Diplomacy and former Under Secretary of State ) "Philip Corwin's meticulous account of events in Bosnia shatters the well constructed myth of 'one victim one enemy.' With unsalable attention to detail and a sense of duty, this dedicated UN official unveils the behavior of senior Bosnian officials and their callous disregard of their own people's suffering. The author modestly presents his memoir as a 'source book, without which a thorough history of Bosnia cannot be written.' I may add, this is a first hand account that policymakers, too, will be well advised to read before they substitute images for reality in formulating policies and before they dispatch more American soldiers to distant places to settle civil wars that local demagogues have caused in their pursuit of power and greed." (Donald M. Payne, U.S. House of Representatives, New Jersey) "Philip Corwin's book provides a useful antidote to the numerous portrayals of the war in Bosnia as a tidy melodrama featuring Serb aggressors and Muslim victims. Corwin's account of his role in Bosnia as an official of the United Nations offers graphic evidence that the political leaders of all three factions-including the Muslim-dominated government in Sarajevo-were corrupt, brutal, and manipulative. Although readers might justifiably question his positive assessment of the UN's performance, Corwin's first-hand observations will be valuable to anyone who wants to gain a greater understanding of the complex events in the former Yugoslavia." (Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense & Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute)

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