Dag Hammarskjold, Custodian of the Brushfire Peace

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"Constantly Rebuffed but Never Discouraged"

Hammarskjold has always been dubious that the Palestine problem was soluble unless it could be lifted above intra-Arab politics and rivalries. The "good neighbor" resolution was a chance to moderate those disputes. When the Assembly unanimously approved the Arab draft, Eban arose to say it was his understanding that all member states in the Middle East-- Arab and non-Arab--"will fall under the clear applicability of these principles."

This was also Hammarskjold's view, but he did not press it very loudly. Israel was the great unmentionable at the emergency session on Jordan and Lebanon, but the Arab-Israeli dispute was never far from the thoughts of all the major participants-- especially Hammarskjold.

The Suez crisis over, he had set about repairing his relationship with Israel. The authority of the Secretary-General derives from his firm independence and objectivity, but if he is to re-

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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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