Whose Man in Havana?: Adventures from the Far Side of Diplomacy

By John W. Graham and Robert Bothwell

© 2015

In Whose Man in Havana? the author offers an unconventional, often dark, but more often hilarious view of diplomacy in settings as varied as Haiti, London, the Dominican Republic, the Balkans, Palestine, Paraguay, Guyana, and Kyrgyzstan, including covert monitoring of Soviet military operations in Cuba on behalf of the CIA with the blessing of President Kennedy and Prime Minister Pearson.

In a career that spans the Canadian foreign service and international organizations, he was fortunate to be in the right place at interesting, if turbulent, times. Throughout the book he has focussed on the lighter side of people and places, but almost everywhere the dark side intrudes. Graham makes plain that the intersection of the two is frequently black comedy.

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  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.8in x 0.9in x 9.0in
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Whose Man in Havana?: Adventures from the Far Side of Diplomacy

By John W. Graham and Robert Bothwell

© 2015

In Whose Man in Havana? the author offers an unconventional, often dark, but more often hilarious view of diplomacy in settings as varied as Haiti, London, the Dominican Republic, the Balkans, Palestine, Paraguay, Guyana, and Kyrgyzstan, including covert monitoring of Soviet military operations in Cuba on behalf of the CIA with the blessing of President Kennedy and Prime Minister Pearson.

In a career that spans the Canadian foreign service and international organizations, he was fortunate to be in the right place at interesting, if turbulent, times. Throughout the book he has focussed on the lighter side of people and places, but almost everywhere the dark side intrudes. Graham makes plain that the intersection of the two is frequently black comedy.

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  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.8in x 0.9in x 9.0in

Splendidly written and marvellously funny.

-Robert Bothwell, University of Toronto


Brilliant . . . from one of the foreign service's best raconteurs.

-James Bartleman, former ambassador and Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario


A rollicking, engaging memoir . . . a feast of colourful tales that don't quite obscure a serious piece of work on the diplomacy of the period. Writing of the highest order.

-Paul Durand, former ambassador and international mediator.

John W. Graham is a former Canadian ambassador whose postings in the foreign service and subsequently with international organizations took him to exotic, often uncomfortable, and sometimes remote parts of the world. Many assignments were in Latin America and the Caribbean, but ranged widely from Bosnia and Eastern Europe to the West Bank and Central Asia. In various times and places He was High Commissioner (Guyana), Director General for the Caribbean and Central America, Ambassador (Venezuela and the Dominican Republic), first head of the Unit for the Promotion of Democracy in the Organization of American States (OAS), international mediator in a major crisis in the Dominican Republic and a senior elections officer immediately following the Bosnian war, and leader of five election observation missions and participant in many more. He is a member of The Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter and former chair of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL).

Foreword
Robert Bothwell
Preface

Book One

Dominican Republic
Voyage to a Different Planet
Leopold?s List
Darkness at Noon
The Dictator?s Sarcophagus
"Down with Those Who Rise"
Navidad con Libertad
Meatballs, Moose Piss, and the National Day

Cuba
Whose Man in Havana?

United Kingdom
The Thames, Bunnies, and Bicycles

Japan
Sake and the Advancement of Cultural Diplomacy

Guyana
Caviar and Christmas Trees
The Phantom Saboteur
Alcide
Three-Piece
"Will the Dynamite Explode if I . . ."
The State Funeral of the Honourable Linden Forbes Burnham

Suriname
Clothes Make the Man
Jewels of the Forest

Trinidad and Tobago
Me, Mick Jagger, Jungle Fever, and the Legion of Evil

Grenada
Pierre Trudeau and the Embarrassment of a Full Scale American War against a Very Small Island

Haiti
Le Chie est Mort

Central America and Columbia
Go By Boat: Travels with Allan MacEachen

Panama
The General and Margot Fonteyn

Central America
Fireworks and Foreign Policy

Venezuela, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic
A is for Aristide
Between Brazil and Venezuela: Caipirinhas, Trestle Bridges, and Formula One Bus Drivers
Beauty and the Official Beast: The Miss Venezuela Contest

Book Two

Dominican Republic
Stepping Back from the Precipice

Haiti
"The Pencil of God Has No Eraser" I
"The Pencil of God Has No Eraser" II

Bosnia
Black Past, Grey Future?
Sex, Sports, and Diplomacy
The Psychologist, the General, and the Beauty Contest
More Generals and the Ice Cream Man
The Road to Srebrenica

Paraguay
El Supremo

Kyrgyzstan
Boiling Toilets and Fermented Mare?s Milk

Guatemala
San Marcos and the Elections of 2003

Venezuela
Hugo Chavez: Much Loved, Much Loathed

Ukraine
Night train to Ternopil

Palestine
Good Elections, Bad Judgement

Nicaragua
The Jaguar Changes Some of Its Spots

El Salvador
Off the Beaten Track

Haiti
Goudeau-Goudeau: Return to Haiti
Lou Quinn: A Profile

Afterward
Notes
Index