Sir Robert Francis Cooper is a British diplomat and adviser currently serving as a Special Advisor at the European Commission with regard to Myanmar. He is also a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and is an acclaimed writer on international relations. His publications, apart from a number of articles in Prospect and elsewhere, include: The Post-Modern State and the World Order and The Breaking of Nations, which won the Orwell Prize for Political Writing.
Robert Cooper has a lifelong experience of diplomacy in the
British Foreign Office and the European Union. His new
book is based on wide reading and meticulous attention to detail. It is fluently written in a limpid and comfortable prose...a subtle analysis of the nature of international relations and the creative way brilliant people have used a combination of diplomacy and force to manage the convoluted problems which relations between countries always throw up... A vivid and penetrating account of the major international crises of the past 70 years and the people who handled them