Quiet diplomacy : memoirs of an ambassador of Pakistan / Jamsheed Marker ; foreword by Stanley Wolpert.

Marker, Jamsheed, 1922- [Browse]
Karachi : Oxford University Press, 2010.
xii, 448 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


Summary note
  • Ambassador Jamsheed Marker one of the most seasoned and skilful diplomats I know, with extensive UN experience, was my choice. No one had better credentials for such a difficult and delicate task. Marker's intelligence, discretion, capacity to listen, patience, perseverance and endurance, made him the right choice to resolve the protracted conflict. He listened to the Timorese people and understood their anxieties and their plight. He gained the trust of the negotiators of both parties and managed to create a constructive atmosphere at the negotiating meetings. He worked relentlessly to find creative solutions, bridge differences and seize any opportunity to achieve the outcome of the mandate with which he was entrusted.
  • I am delighted to have this opportunity to express my heartfelt recognition and admiration for my good friend Jamsheed Marker and for the outstanding way in which he performed the task with which I charged him.--Kofi A. Annan United Nations Secretary-General (1997-2006) Preface East Timor - A Memoir of the Negotiations for Independence.
  • This book should be read by everyone interested in a better understanding of Pakistan's History as well as global diplomacy. Stanley Wolpert Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
  • This elegant, gripping memoir, illuminates a significant period in the diplomatic history of our country. In the true autobiographical tradition, it is vivid, detailed and perceptive, Jamsheed--subtle, sophisticated, discreet, at home in any kind of company--has written a fascinating, easy to read, breezy book in his matchless prose. Full of new information and arresting observations, this is an engaging book which will be keenly read and re-read by generations to come. Roedad Khan Former Secretary General, Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan.
  • Pakistan's diplomats have won respect all over the world. To use a boxing analogy they have very often punched in a class well above their weight. Jamsheed Marker was one of the very best of those diplomats. He was Pakistan's ambassador to nineteen different countries as well as to the United Nations over a period of nearly thirty years. He lived through momentous times. With characteristic finesse he championed Pakistani's cause in some of the great capitals of the world. Quiet Diplomacy is a ̀must read' for historians, diplomats and for those who value literature.
  • Ambassador Marker's account of his ambassadorial experiences is a ̀tour de force'. He presents brilliant vignettes of Pakistan's leaders and eminent international personalities. They walk unobtrusively into the narrative and move out, leaving the reader with an appetite for more. The book is a testament to Jamsheed Marker's commitment to his country and to his love of the arts. It is a rich and colourful tapestry of events, personalities and anecdotes, woven delicately together to describe his extraordinary diplomatic journey. Behind the story is Ambassador Marker's somewhat shy personality, brimming with patriotism, erudition and humanity. I found it difficult to put the book down. Mueen Afzal, Former Secretary General, Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan --Book Jacket.
Includes index.
  • 0195477790
  • 9780195477795
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