Safirka: An American Envoy (Google eBook)

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Kent State University Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 241 pages
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Peter S. Bridges's service as American Ambassador to Somalia capped his three decades as a career officer in the American Foregin Service. This text presents a frank description of his experiences in Somalia and elsewhere, offering pointed assessments of American foreign policy and policymakers.
  

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Contents

The Interesting Possibility
1
Scholar Soldier Someday Diplomat
7
From Foggy Bottom to the Isthmus
13
The Moscow Hand
26
Rome and Prague
40
Long Years at Home
49
The Way to Africa
57
Big Embassy Poor Country
69
From Siad to Canal Street
128
Anxieties Artifacts and Bases
149
Disasters and Arcadias
167
To the Horn and Home Again
183
Departure Return Destruction
199
What Comes Next?
210
Somalia through the Ages
217
bibliography
223

Aid with Scandals and Defects
82
Dams Drugs and Dictator
95
New Gazas New Greed
109

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Page vii - Tortoises do dwell In cases fit of Tortoise-shell: No Creature loves an empty space; Their Bodies measure out their Place.

About the author (2000)

Peter Bridges holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Columbia University. A retired Foreign Service officer, his Safirka: An American Envoy (The Kent State University Press, 2000) relates his experiences as American ambassador to Somalia. Pen of Fire: John Moncure Daniel (The Kent State University Press, 2002) is the biography of the most influential Confederate editor during the Civil War. Bridges has published more than seventy articles and essays that deal mainly with history and foreign affairs.

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