Tommy Koh; Chang Li Lin, "The Little Red Dot"
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company | 2005-07-01 | ISBN 9812564144 | PDF | 492 pages | 7.2 MB
2005 is 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 needs · how our diplomats helped to look after and evacuate Singaporeans in dangerous situations · how our diplomats have been able to overcome the size of our country and punch above our weight · why the burial of a buffalo head, with our diplomats acting as gravediggers, was of paramount significance to our embassy in Indonesia · about the 24/7 schedules that our foreign service desk officers keep, sleeping with handphones in their pyjamas · the advantage of being a lady Ambassador in a man€™s world · the power of ideas and friends in diplomacy
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