Book Reviews : Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today edited by J. P. Muldoon, R. Reitano, J. F. Aviel and E. Sullivan. (Boulder, Colorado and Oxford: Westview Press) 1999. Paper £15.50 (ISBN 0813399580) 260pp
Book ReviewsMultilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today edited by J. P. Muldoon, R. Reitano, J. F. Aviel and E. Sullivan. (Boulder, Colorado and Oxford: Westview Press) 1999. Paper £15.50 (ISBN 0813399580) 260pp SAGE Publications, Inc.2000DOI: 10.1177/004711780001500206 Vladimir Matveyev Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) This book brings together a remarkably diverse group of authors - acting and retired diplomats, officials and employees from intergovernmental organizations and multinational companies, academics and non-governmental activists. Coming from different countries (the United States, China, Russia and Mexico, to name but a few), and with sharply contrasting political and social backgrounds, they are united by their own personal contributions to one or another form of current multilateral international activity. The editors have succeeded in what must have been the difficult task of bringing a degree of cohesion to the essays and, above all, in drawing conclusions which claim to summarize an immensely wide range of views and perspectives. The editors' approach to the construction of the book is similar to that used by Michel de Montaigne in his Essais over four centuries ago, in that the narration begins with details and facts of relatively minor importance, which give way to more
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