Dag Hammarskjold, Custodian of the Brushfire Peace

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Arab "Good Neighbors"

Shortly after the Suez crisis in a period which Hammarskjold variously described as "convalescence," "the lull after the sound and fury," "germination time," he was asked what his next move might be toward peace in the Middle East.

He was "groping for the best road," he said. His mind was completely open, trying to spot "where there seems to be a road between the trees." But the road suddenly took a sharp turn into another part of the forest as intra-Arab rivalries and disputes in which the great powers were dangerously entangled, moved to the forefront, with Israel a sidelines spectator.

The issue was Nasserism--whether pan-Arab aspirations could only be achieved through unification under President Nasser and Egypt. Cairo's attractive power as the center of Arab nationalism had been enhanced by the Suez events. The union of Syria with Egypt in early 1958 gave another great

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Contents *
  • 1 - Custodian of the Brushfire Peace 1
  • 2 - Dag Hammarskjold -- Who is He? 7
  • 3 - The Swedish Heritage . . . the Private Man Should Disappear."" 16
  • 4 - An International Priesthood 46
  • 5 - Mission to Peking 56
  • 6 - Holding the Line in the Middle East 66
  • 7 - Back from the Brink 80
  • 8 - The Steep Hill of Suez 94
  • 9 - Arab Good Neighbors"" 112
  • 10 - Constantly Rebuffed but Never Discouraged"" 128
  • 11 - Preventive Diplomacy 137
  • 12 - The UN and the Cold War 147
  • 13 - The UN as a Third Force 164
  • 14 - A UN Presence 177
  • 15 - Vox Populorum 189
  • 16 - The Sources of His Power"" 203
  • 17 - The Private Man 213
  • 18 - The Congo-- Precedent or Fiasco? 223
  • 19 - Chairman Khrushchev Pounds the Desk 263
  • 20 - One-Man Job 281
  • Epilogue 293
  • Index 298
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