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The United Nations at Work in Asia: An Envoy's Account of Development in China, Vietnam, Thailand and the South Pacific

The United Nations at Work in Asia: An Envoy's Account of Development in China, Vietnam, Thailand and the South Pacific [Kindle Edition]

Roy D. Morey
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The groundwork for the Asian economic miracle was established in the last 25 or so years--the time period covered in this book. China and Vietnam started substituting pragmatism for communist ideology and Thailand started on a path toward greater democracy. The timing was perfect for an American United Nations representative to arrive in the two communist countries because, for the first time, both placed a premium on improving relations with the U.S. and both were moving toward a market economy.
This book acquaints the reader with evolving political, economic and social conditions in these countries and the role played by UN organizations. A chapter on the South Pacific details the challenges of providing useful development assistance in small isolated countries. The book also reveals a hidden side of the United Nations, the role played by more than 30 UN agencies, funds and programs in providing development and humanitarian assistance.
The past two or three decades were a period of great upheaval in Asia. Enormous events and developments involving the United Nations are analyzed in the book. These include the Tiananmen Square crisis in China; 300,000 Cambodian refugees camped along the Thai border; escaping the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge; efforts to rid the Golden Triangle of opium production; the sensitive diplomacy required in fostering cooperation among North Korea, South Korea, China and Mongolia; and a firsthand account of negotiating the international agreement creating the Mekong River Commission.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9807 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (21 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H4LT8TC
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, insightful and entertaining 21 Dec 2013
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There are many books about the UN but few that are based on first-hand experience of its development work at the country level. There are even fewer that are written by someone who has worked both sides of the street: for a member state as well as for the UN. Roy Morey's book is therefore of unusual interest. He worked in the Nixon White House, the Kissinger State Department and then for UNDP in Thailand, the Pacific, China and Vietnam and was far more than simply a spectator in a variety of significant events.

Morey writes well, providing numerous insights into development and the practical role of the UN. Being a political scientist, he places all this in its historical and cultural context, adding an entertaining travelogue and spicing it with telling anecdotes. His book is well worth reading for those interested in the UN, in development and in East Asia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars U.S. and UN -- Mutual Goals 21 Jan 2014
By Bruce C. Ladd Jr. - Published on
Professor Roy D. Morey's 22-year odyssey as a country director for the United Nations Development Program is proof positive that the United States has a tremendous stake in the success of the United Nations' investments in the world's less developed nations. Who benefits most from the UN's projects? The United States, European countries, China, Russia and other so-called developed countries which have the most to lose if it ever came to an all-out war of the haves and have-nots. Some Republicans may be shocked that Dr.Morey, a political scientist who served on Richard Nixon's Domestic Policy Council, tells it like it is in describing the positive impact of UN-directed efforts to stabilize the world's economies and to establish market economies where none have existed for many years. It should be mandated that a copy of "The United Nations at Work in Asia" be placed in every one of the 535 Congressional offices in Washington, D.C.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked! 22 Jan 2014
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Really an interesting read! Very fascinating reading about working in the Nixon WhiteHouse. Just a great book to understand what it was like to work for the UN.Suggest it for all.
5.0 out of 5 stars The UN in Asia 3 May 2014
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This book is an excellent summary of a senior UN diplomat's work in Asia. Besides offering great insights into the work of the UN, it provides an interesting analysis of wider political developments in the South Pacific, Thailand, China, and Vietnam during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, with further assessments of contemporary trends. Dr. Morey's first-hand account of the 1989 Tiananmen crisis is riveting, and provides the backstory to tensions within the Chinese ruling elite. This book will be of value to anyone interested in recent Asian history, in the operations of the UN Development Programme, or to those curious about the life of UN diplomats.
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