"NEW BOOK: 'ACTING GLOBALLY' BY CELSO AMORIM"

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

NEW BOOK: "ACTING GLOBALLY" BY CELSO AMORIM

A new book by Brazilian international diplomat Celso Amorim just came out. Those with U.N. institutional memory will recall the prominent role with a human touch by then-Brazil Permanent Representative (and his charming wife and their dynamic daughter). He was an essential part of a key "Coffee Group" that met regularly to collaborate on delicate issues and co-ordinate between varied "stakeholders," influential personalities, and key governments.

Under President Lula, Celso Amorim became Minister of Foreign Affairs, and kept in touch with his former U.N. contacts realizing their credible helpful role, then became a Minister of Defense under President Dilma Rousseff. He was always open to the media, giving briefings and interviews casually, freely, and without pretense.

As he left office, his down-to-earth responses to a BBC HARDtalk interviewer about reported intrigue and corruption among politicians conveyed hints of sarcasm, suggesting that indignant announcers would do better looking closer to home. Celso Amorim obviously loved his native Brazil and felt that its strength was in its unified position with an effective and revived U.N. international community.

In his new book, he draws on a term once used by the U.N. at its first summit in Rio de Janeiro on Environment: "Think Globally, Act Locally" by suggesting that in those times of conflict, fragmentation and global retreat, it is desperately required to Act Globally.

Between 2003 and 2010, under President Lula, Celso Amorim was at the forefront of an important period in the history of Brazilís international relations -- one in which the country practiced a newly assertive foreign policy, extending its diplomatic reach to the global stage. Celso's new book, "Acting Globally," consists of three narratives: the pursuit of a peaceful, negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue; Brazilís diplomatic efforts in relation to the Middle East, which included recognizing the State of Palestine; and the countryís leading role in the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations. The narratives take the reader on a journey behind the scenes of global politics, combining detailed accounts of international negotiations with candid and insightful descriptions of the countless world leaders Amorim came into close contact with -- including, to name but a few, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Manmohan Singh, Mahmoud Abbas, and Hillary Clinton.