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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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NOVEMBER 2012
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David T. Jones, who served as special assistant to the INF Treaty
negotiator and as State Department deputy for the INF Senate
Ratifcation Task Force, among many other assignments, has
compiled a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the process of
negotiating and ratifying the treaty in 1988.
Jones skillfully brings the period to life through essays con-
tributed by key participants in the negotiations leading to the
completion of the INF Treaty and the epic struggle to secure
its ratifcation by the U.S. Senate. Te book, a volume in the
ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Series, balances the
assessments of senior negotiators; the nuts-and-bolts observa-
tions of those in the trenches on specifc elements; the twists that
required the keenest of legal minds to untangle; and the political
maneuvers that brought the treaty safely through the process. It
also includes 18 black-and-white photos of U.S. and Soviet mis-
siles covered by the treaty.
David T. Jones, a frequent contributor to the
Te Foreign
Service Journal
, spent 30 years as a State Department diplomat,
focusing mainly on politico-military afairs and arms control.
He is the co-author of
Uneasy Neighbo(u)rs: Canada
, the
USA
and the Dynamics of State,
Industry and Culture
(Wiley, 2007).
With his wife, Teresa Chin Jones, he published a memoir on life in
the Foreign Service,
Forever Tande
m
(see p. 39).
Mao, Stalin and the Korean War:
Trilateral Communist Relations
in the 1950s
Shen Zhihua (Translated by Neil Silver),
Routledge, 2012, $135/hardcover,
249 pages; $108/Kindle Edition.
After retiring from the Foreign Service,
Neil Silver stumbled upon the original
version of this book at a local Chinese
book fair. He decided the rest of the world could beneft from
its insights into Chinese and Soviet diplomatic and political
maneuvering during the Korean War. It also illuminates the way
the Chinese write about topics that have long been too sensitive
to criticize publicly.
Shen Zihua’s best-selling Chinese-language book broke the
Mainland Chinese taboo on publishing non-heroic accounts
of the Korean War. Te account relies on Soviet-era documents
released after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Chinese mem-
oirs, ofcial documents and scholarly monographs to present a
non-ideological account of the relations, motivations and actions
among Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong and Kim Il-Sung. Among other
things, it sheds light on the origins of the Sino-Soviet split and
relations between China and North Korea.
Shen Zhihua is a history professor at East China Normal
University and the author of several Chinese-language books on
the Cold War. Retired FSO Neil Silver worked “in, on and around”
China, serving in Beijing, Tokyo and Moscow.
The Indonesian Turning Point, 1965-66
Robert Martens, Sydney University, 2012, free/PDF.
Robert Martens, a frst secretary in the political section of
Embassy Jakarta from 1963 to 1966, spent decades putting
together this in-depth look at the consequences of President
Sukarno’s declaration in early 1965 that Indonesia was now
beginning its entry into the “socialist stage” of the revolution.
Te “communist coup,” as Sukarno’s identifcation with the
Indonesian Communist Party came to be known, eventually led
to the murder of the Army leadership during the night of Sept.
30-Oct. 1, 1965—part of a mounting wave of intimidation and
violence against non-communists, both civilian and military.
Martens supplements declassifed embassy reporting (for
which he and his colleagues received Superior Honor Awards)
and other U.S. government documents with contemporary
Indonesian-language newspaper coverage and other open-
source materials, to good efect. His analysis makes a compelling
argument that the events of that fateful year were a catalyst for
an astounding period of change throughout Southeast Asia—not
least in China, which began to come to terms with the inability of
communism to live up to its billing as the inevitable wave of the
future.
Tough never published, the manuscript of
Te Indonesian
Turning Point
is available on the Web site of the University of
Sydney’s e-Scholarship Repository
(http://ses.library.usyd.edu.
au/handle/2123/8145), wh
ere anyone can download it at no
cost. Martens’ goal in writing the book is to promote greater
understanding of what happened in Indonesia during that fate-
ful period and facilitate the process of assessing its long-term
impact.
Robert Martens retired from the Foreign Service in 1982 after a
long, varied career that included a tour as deputy chief of mission
and chargé d’afaires (for a year) in Bucharest. Following retire-
ment, he continued to work for the State Department in many
diferent When Actually Employed positions.