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  • ‘To The Secretary’ Tries To Unwind The Tangles Of Diplomacy

    NPR - 07/21/2016

    It’s a question about which any one book can only scratch the surface. To the Secretary seems inclined to answer, “Indefinitely,” and lays out a sampler of international examples with varying levels of candor. There are major incidents (power games in post-cyclone Burma spelled the end of a regime). There are sly asides (a diplomat witnesses an “event,” never a “coup,” and they’re encouraged to deliver a sense of can-do forward motion even amid disaster). There are moments in which the global lens pivots. (One Saudi bemoans their government with a universal cry: “If I don’t feel my rights will be addressed in a system that is free of corruption there is something wrong.”)

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