Diplomats turn essayists to mark centenary

Members of Latvia's diplomatic corps have attempted to prove the pen is mightier than the sword by publishing a collection of essays to mark the upcoming hundred year anniversary of Latvia’s de jure international recognition. 

"A timely collection of essays has been published - 'One hundred years of Latvian Diplomacy: the First Century of the Latvian Foreign Service.' This anthology of essays is released now on the occasion of the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s centennial and in recognition of the contributions made by diplomats to Latvia’s statehood and in Latvia’s development as a country on the world stage," said a release from the Ministry which is publishing the work under the auspices of the Zvaigzne ABC publishing house.

"In the new book, one finds essays by both current and former Latvian diplomats brought together for the first time. The essays explore the work of Latvian diplomacy over the past century including main lines of work and aspects of international relations. The anthology compiles historical facts and assessments derived from the professional and personal experience of the authors, in Riga and abroad, and with their perspectives on how Latvia’s independence has been ensured and supported," says the release.  

Authors of the essays are: 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.

“'One Hundred Years of Latvian Diplomacy' is an anthology of essays which researchers, political scientists, historians, and international lawyers will find to be of particular value as a reference and resource, furnishing interesting facts from the daily lives of diplomats and elucidating events which have made a difference in the course of history but are perhaps not as well known as they should be," it is claimed.  

However, it is only available in Latvian.

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