Carne Ross was a diplomat on the front line of today's most pressing issues, from Israel/Palestine to Afghanistan and Iraq� , � over which he resigned from the British Foreign Office. He� was trained to see the world through a prism of states and interests, but the reality of his negotiations revealed very different -- more complex, and more human -- forces at play. 'Independent Diplomat' exposes this fundamental weakness of institutional diplomacy: exclusion of those most affected by its outcomes, whether at the UN, the EU or within national foreign ministries.
Illustrated with vivid episodes from his career -- from New York to Kabul -- Ross offers a refreshing critique of contemporary diplomacy and of how to put it right.
Carne Ross is a former British diplomat who resigned over the Iraq war. After leaving the Foreign Office, Carne founded and now leads Independent Diplomat, an expert team of former diplomats which advises democratic but marginalised governments and political groups so that their views are heard internationally. Since its founding, Independent Diplomat has advised many countries including Kosovo and South Sudan on their independence processes, Croatia on its EU accession, and the Syrian opposition. He is a trained negotiator and economist, and the founder and director of the Independent Diplomat. He has over fifteen years of diplomatic experience in the British Foreign Office and the United Nations.