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Sir Leslie Fielding

Leslie Fielding read History at Cambridge, where he is an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, and Persian at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

He joined the then Foreign Service in 1956, working initially in Tehran and (briefly) Singapore, before being put in charge of the British Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 1964 to 1966.

His subsequent diplomatic career took him to Paris, in the political section; Brussels, as a director in the European Commission; Tokyo, as EU Ambassador; and back to Brussels, as Director-General for External Relations.

He has been a Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex.

He is married to the medievalist, Sally Harvey; they have two children.

Sir Leslie was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 1988.

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Is Diplomacy Dead?

This is a book for both modern diplomatic historians and the informed general public.

The focus is on four major international issues of the 1960s-80s: the Cambodian tragedy; the French 'veto'; the challenge of Japan; the freeing up of world trade. State confidences are laid bare; the techniques of diplomatic reporting, exposed. But there is more to come: times have since changed; diplomatic services have suffered. So, is diplomacy now dead?

 

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