The Little Red Dot: Reflections by Singapore's Diplomats, Volume 1

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Tommy Thong Bee Koh, Li Lin Chang
World Scientific, 2005 - Political Science - 469 pages
2005 was the 40th anniversary of Singapore's independence. This collection of essays by Singapore's past and present diplomats tells the remarkable story of how this small and vulnerable country has become a stable, prosperous and respected member of the international community. The essays include those from the late President Wee Kim Wee and President S R Nathan as well as seminal contributions from the four former Foreign Ministers -- Mr S Rajaratnam, Mr S Dhanabalan, Mr Wong Kan Seng and Professor S Jayakumar. The current Foreign Minister, Mr George Yeo, has written the foreword. The absorbing stories about people, places and international politics make this book a highly enjoyable read for all who are interested in Singapore, its history, and foreign policy.In the stories contained in this book you will find and discover: which other Q (quotient), besides IQ (intellectual quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient), a successful diplomat needshow our diplomats helped to look after and evacuate Singaporeans in dangerous situationshow our diplomats have been able to overcome the size of our country and punch above our weightwhy the burial of a buffalo head, with our diplomats acting as gravediggers, was of paramount significance to our embassy in Indonesiaabout the 24/7 schedules that our foreign service desk officers keep, sleeping with handphones in their pyjamasthe advantage of being a lady Ambassador in a man's worldthe power of ideas and friends in diplomacy
 

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Contents

Part 2 Ministers
33
Part 3 Permanent Secretaries
85
Part 4 Madam Ambassadors
109
Part 5 First Generation Diplomats
131
Part 6 The Second Generation
283
Part 7 NonResident Ambassadors
347
Milestones of Singapores External Relations from August 1965May 2005
403
List of Countries with which Singapore has Diplomatic Relations
445
Index
451
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