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The years of the dragon's teeth

By Pierre Schori (27/10/2008) Book
 Editorial Icaria

"This book constitutes a mind-boggling settling of scores with the Bush administration, and also an acute, critical analysis of global international politics. Its author, Pierre Schori, with his exhaustive experience in these themes, uses this book to tackle the main issues concerning us, and not only presents us with conflicts, but also points to changes for the future. The book is an essential read."


Gabriel García Márquez

"With a degree of force that is sorely lacking in the diplomatic sphere, Pierre Schori analyses in depth the hostile attitude of the US towards the UN during the Iraq crisis from the priviledged position that he had as Swedish ambassador to the organisation throughout that turbulent period.


Pierre Schori, Director of FRIDE and Juan Luis Cebrián, Managing Director of Grupo Prisa, on the day of the book presentation.

Schori presents the ins and outs of the diplomatic struggles in the UN, where he reveals the pettiness of the American diplomatic body under Bush. He also makes a series of well-aimed parallels with the war in Vietnam or with the prolonged American shadow hovering over the Latin America of the eighties and reflects on the urgent and essential changes which must take place in the immediate future if peace and cooperation are to be achieved in the world. If the future is to be characterised by peace, the UN must first be retrieved from the clutches of unilateralism, and the geopolitical and environmental challenges hanging over the planet must be taken seriously.

However, Schori's standpoint is by no means innocent. His wide experience feeds the strength of his opinions, which should not be considered as mere utopia, but rather as desperate pleas to save the only supranational body than can - subject to the profound reforms that it needs - get a world almost ruined by neo-conservatives back on track".

Source:Editorial Icaria

To download the book’s introduction, click here (In spanish)

A Swedish diplomat with vast experience in foreign affairs, development cooperation and peacekeeping operations, Schori served from 2005 until the beginning of 2007 as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of Mission in Côte d'Ivoire. He was Minister for International Development Cooperation, Migration and Asylum Policy, and Deputy Foreign Minister between 1994 and 1999. In 2000, Schori was appointed Swedish Ambassador to the United Nations, a position he held until 2004. He is the Director General de FRIDE.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

FRIDE ceased its think tank activities on 31st December 2015 for economic reasons. The Board of Trustees had to take this difficult decision since, despite many efforts to diversify its funding sources, FRIDE cannot sustain its think tank operations with a view to 2016 and beyond.

Established in 1999, FRIDE has made a major contribution to shape debate on Europe’s external activities in an increasingly challenging international environment. It has covered issues ranging from democracy and human rights to sustainable development, new approaches to multilateral cooperation and security affairs. FRIDE’s long-standing focus on the extended neighbourhood of the European Union proves today all the more relevant given widespread turbulence in the region. FRIDE’s emphasis on the importance of the values framing Europe’s external activities is central to current political debates in Europe and beyond. This shows the need for continued engagement in the pursuit of a common European foreign policy that is both effective and informed by the core values of European integration.

The Board wishes to thank Diego Hidalgo, FRIDE’s founder, for his tireless commitment and very generous support for many years. The Board also wishes to thank FRIDE’s dedicated staff, the members of the Board and the Advisory Committee for their contribution in making FRIDE one of the top foreign policy think tanks in Europe. We are very grateful to all those who have supported FRIDE’s work and projects over the years and we thank the many partners from all parts of the world who have worked with FRIDE on joint initiatives. We hope that FRIDE’s extensive input to the debate on Europe in the world will continue to inform thinking and action at a very critical time for Europe’s future.

The President of the Board

FRIDE cesó sus actividades como think tank el 31 de diciembre de 2015 por razones económicas. El Patronato tuvo que adoptar esta difícil decisión dado que, a pesar de los intensos esfuerzos realizados para diversificar sus fuentes de financiación, FRIDE no puede sostener sus operaciones como think tank a partir de 2016.

Establecido en 1999, FRIDE ha realizado una gran contribución al debate sobre las actividades exteriores de Europa en un ambiente internacional cada vez más complejo. Ha trabajado en temas que van desde la democracia y los derechos humanos al desarrollo sostenible, los nuevos enfoques en la cooperación multilateral y las cuestiones de seguridad. La atención prestada por FRIDE a la vecindad extendida de la Unión Europea durante mucho tiempo prueba ser hoy aún más relevante debido a la turbulencia que azota a la región. El énfasis de FRIDE en la importancia de los valores que enmarcan las actividades exteriores europeas es central en los debates en Europa y más allá. Esto muestra la necesidad de un compromiso continuo con la búsqueda de una política exterior europea común que sea eficaz y esté basada en los principios fundamentales de la integración europea.

El Patronato desea agradecer a Diego Hidalgo, fundador de FRIDE, por su incansable compromiso y muy generoso apoyo a lo largo de tantos años. También quiere expresar su gratitud a la dedicada plantilla, a los propios miembros del Patronato y del Comité Asesor por sus contribuciones para hacer de FRIDE uno de los principales think tanks de Europa en cuestiones de política exterior. Estamos muy agradecidos con todos aquellos que han apoyado el trabajo y los proyectos de FRIDE a través de los años y también damos las gracias a los numerosos socios de todas partes del mundo que han colaborado con FRIDE en iniciativas conjuntas. Esperamos que las extensas aportaciones de FRIDE al debate sobre Europa en el mundo continuará informando el pensamiento y la acción en un momento muy crítico para el futuro de Europa.

El Presidente del Patronato

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