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Concerned about climate change, over-population, the future for our children - and wondering whether politicians will ditch confrontation for needed cooperation? This book looks into these challenges, religious violence, and other problems of our times.It's an essay in a new genre - the world-view (weltanschauung) genre - telling frankly what the writer has come to believe about this world and what may lie beyond. John Pedler, now 85, a former British diplomat has spent a lifetime in diplomacy. He’s an economist by training and a student of comparative religion. He’s also been a war correspondent in Vietnam, a businessman in China during the Cultural Revolution, and the first Director of the Cambodia Trust for land mine victims. He worked for the Bosnian Government during the siege of Sarajevo. Recently he’s been advocating a settlement for the Ukraine crisis and ways to counter extremist Islam.Here he gives, with no axe to grind, his inevitably controversial conclusions about how, since Word War II, our world has come to be so riven with political and religious strife although overshadowed by these existential challenges. He details the U turns he believes are required - if the politicians awake in time! (His four previous books are spy stories).This won’t date quickly: it spotlights the future for years to come. However forceful your reactions, you’ll find this book will have you reflecting on your own weltanschauung!John Pedler lives with his wife in France where he is now working. His children - whose questions over time inspired these answers - all live in London.

'Here John Pedler takes the broadest of views, ranging from politics and science to religion and beyond, and paints a picture of the world as most of us have yet to see it. As a former diplomat there is almost nowhere he does not know; and as a writer he puts a thousand stories together and makes elegant and convincing sense of them.' --Sir Crispin Tickell, GCMG'In these wise reflections, John Pedler reminds us that the best diplomats are mavericks, exceptions to the rules of power. Acutely aware of history and a sense of right and wrong, Pedler exemplifies an intellectual and moral independence that's all too rare today.' --John Pilger --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 302 pages
  • John Pedler(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (8 Sept. 2014)
  • English
  • 9
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Dr M L Gelman on 27 June 2015

    John Pedler offers valuable insights into the world of international diplomacy. Particularly relevant is his analysis of the interaction between Great Britain and Russia in recent years. He emphasises the insensitivity of the West to the dented pride of Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the efforts of successive leaders after Gorbachev to create some kind of Commonwealth. Pedler highlights the common ground... both Russia and UK are geographically at the edges of Europe, east and west respectively and identify with Europe but shun full integration. This book is a light read and `a must` for anyone interested in international relations and for the leaders of the `Free World` in particular!


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