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Book by and about Latvian diplomats published in English

An English edition has just been published of a book with the less-than-catchy but nevertheless interesting title: "A century of Latvian diplomacy: The first hundred years of Latvia's diplomacy and its foreign service as reflected in essays by diplomats".

The collection of essays has been translated by Ieva Upmace-Grīviņa, and published by Zvaigzne ABC Publishers with financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself.

The authors are diplomats Edgars Rinkēvičs, Gints Apals, Argita Daudze, Sandra Kalniete, Mārtiņš Virsis, Alberts Sarkanis, Gints Jegermanis, Eduards Stiprais, Sanita Pavļuta-Deslandes, Māris Riekstiņš, Ilgvars Kļava, Jānis Mažeiks, Gunda Reire, Ingrīda Levrence, Normans Penke, Iveta Šulca, Edgars Poļanskis, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Vija Buša, Guna Japiņa, Kristīne Līce, Raimonds Jansons, Artis Bērtulis, Baiba Braže, Mārtiņš Drēģeris, Silvija Križevica, Iveta Šķiņķe and Valdis Rūsiņš.

The anthology was first published in Latvian in 2020 to commemorate the centenary of the Latvian Foreign Service and the contribution of the Latvian diplomatic and consular services to the formation of the Latvian state and its accomplishments.

"The authors offer their insights and analysis with regard to 100 years of Latvia’s diplomacy, the main tasks of diplomats in response to challenges they faced shortly after the establishment of the state, during the process of gaining international de jure recognition and also in the context of the restoration of independence of the Republic of Latvia, as well as the role of Latvian diplomats and exile organisations in the inter-war period, the work of Latvia’s diplomatic and consular service, cooperation with the diaspora, and trends in the 21st century diplomacy," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The book also contains articles on Latvia’s bilateral and multilateral relations, European integration, security and defence policy, external economic relations, the legal framework for foreign policy, as well as the importance of public diplomacy and communication, and prominent personalities who have worked in the Latvian Foreign Service.

"The collection will be distributed to academic libraries and centers for Baltic studies at universities worldwide, as well as during bilateral and multilateral diplomatic events abroad," the ministry said.

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