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Collapse of a Country: A Diplomat's Memoir of South Sudan
The first Canadian diplomat to be posted to war-torn Sudan, Nicholas Coghlan was a natural choice to lead Canada’s representation in the new Republic of South Sudan soon after the country was founded in 2011. In late 2013, Coghlan and his wife Jenny were in the capital, Juba, when it erupted in gunfire and civil war pitted one half of the army against the other, Vice-Presi ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 4th 2017 by McGill-Queen's University Press
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Read about half and didn't finish. While I'm very interested in understanding the recent conflict in South Sudan, I couldn't really get through hearing it from this guy. He complains about his staff. He complains about being appointed ambassador (loses out on overtime pay! Oh, sweetie!). He makes sweeping generalizations about the nature of South Sudanese people. I get -- he's been there and I haven't; he's seen things I have been sheltered from. And of course, Coghlan did some amazing work to h ...more
I am glad I read this, I am going to South Sudan as a humanitarian very soon and while as an ambassador, I really question where his head is - he continues to maintain he represents humanitarians, it was a good read. Will probably read it again, it can like many ethnic based squabbles, there are many things you can miss. It meanders along for the first 150 pages and then gets like wow afterwards. Well done on an interesting read, if it holds true, I hope I get to meet more people like you on the ...more