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Dispatches from the Best Democracy We Never Had
Author: Dennis J. Ignatius
Paperback, 229 pages
Subject: Politics, Economy, Social, Democracy, Malaysia
A career diplomat, Dennis Ignatius served in London, Beijing and Washington before being appointed Ambassador to Chile. He was subsequently appointed Ambassador to Argentina and then High Commissioner to Canada. Upon his retirement from the foreign service, he took to writing on politics and international affairs as a columnist for a major national daily. He now writes regularly for independent news portals and has been interviewed on current affairs by local and foreign media. His main areas of interest are democracy, human rights and foreign policy.
Dennis Ignatius is an old friend and colleague who is an astute and articulate analyst and commentator on national affairs and foreign policy. Malaysia is today facing the most serious crisis in its history; Dennis is one of the brave Malaysians who is prepared to be objective in analyzing the sad state of our beloved Malaysia. To paraphrase Voltaire: It is dangerous to be right when the State is wrong. I hope Dennis’s thought-provoking articles will help stimulate debate and discussion about how we can all work together for a better Malaysia.- Ambassador Dato Redzuan Kushairi G25
In life, our biggest challenges relate to saying no to those whom we feel closest to. In matters of international diplomacy, the biggest challenge is speaking up for the country that you love and serve. Not only has Dennis Ignatius done this excellently for our nation-state, but, he has spoken out on many other matters of national interest, transcending the priorities of the public sphere. An excellent educational read!
- KJ John Convener of National Congress on Integrity and Chairman of Board of OHMSI
Dennis Ignatius dissects the Malaysian political landscape with a skeptical if emphatic gaze, borne of years of experience in the Malaysian Foreign Service. More than just a collection of essays, this book is a historical document by a professional whose clarity of purpose is evident from the very first chapter.
- S. Thayaparan Commander (RTD) Royal Malaysian Navy