Kofi Annan’s book ‘Interventions: A Life in War and Peace’ will be launched in the UK on 4 October
Interventions tells the story of Mr. Annan’s forty years of service at the United Nations. With eloquence and unprecedented candour, Mr. Annan shares his unique perspective on leading the United Nations during one of the most consequential eras in recent history.
Interventions chronicles the highs and lows of Annan’s years at the United Nations: from shuttle-diplomacy during crises such as Kosovo, Lebanon and Israel-Palestine, to the disastrous and wrenching battles over the Iraq War and the creation of the landmark Responsibility to Protect doctrine. He writes about the organisation’s ongoing challenges and failed efforts- the tragedies of Somalia, Rwanda, and Bosnia, continuing violence in the Middle East, the endurance of AIDS and endemic poverty on his home continent.
In exploring the United Nation’s missed opportunities, Mr. Annan reveals how, time and again, the nations of the world have retreated from the UN’s founding purpose. He also highlights the organisation’s many successes, and makes a passionate case for a United Nations that serves the interests of individuals around the globe rather than of its member states, and that intervenes, rather than stands by, in the face of humanitarian crises.
Interventions powerfully conveys Mr. Annan’s firm belief in the power of individual action, underscoring that solutions to global challenges are available, if we have the will and courage to see them through.
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