Keep The Flag Flying: A Diplomatic Memoir
By: Alan Munro (author)Paperback
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From first arrival in Lebanon as a fresh faced graduate to the heat of the first Gulf War conflict as managed from Saudi Arabia, Sir Alan Munro's account of life representing Her Majesty's government in embassy postings across the world will enchant and engage. This book is intended to convey something of the flavour - and the frivolities - of escapades and encounters which Sir Alan and his wife experienced in the course of thirty five years in diplomacy in the Middle East, Africa and South America, and at home too. The narrative is set against a half-century of post-imperial adjustment in Britain's foreign policy, in which withdrawal from a global role is offset by an overriding concern, shared with western partners, to counter the extension - political, economic as well as military - of Soviet Marxist influence across a fractious post-colonial world.
Sir Alan Munro KCMG joined the Diplomatic Service in 1958 after military service in the Army, and Cambridge University where he studied History. He went to Lebanon to learn Arabic, and subsequently worked there and in Kuwait, Libya and Brazil, as well as in the Foreign Office. He had spells in the Ministry of Defence looking after military cooperation with Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, before going to Algeria as ambassador in 1974. He was subsequently Under-Secretary of State for the Middle East and Africa and was British ambassador in Saudi Arabia from 1989 to 1993 - a period which coincided with the first Gulf War.
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