By Jade Wu
From the new savannah of Malawi to the chilly, damp grey of Kosovo and into the unstable struggle zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. and different donors have invested huge, immense monetary and human assets in significant peacekeeping and improvement efforts. Why then is the area no towards being a “better and more secure” position? either a salient critique people international guidance and a thought-provoking memoir, Flash Points describes the problems with group of workers, language, and gender dynamics, in addition to the cross-cultural demanding situations that regularly undermine and betray the simplest intentions of coverage makers very easily positioned in Washington. published in illuminating flashbacks, Jade Wu recollects her reports in every one of those 4 international locations highlighting how, all too frequently, americans within the box and the united states executive have been not able to profit the teachings that should were discovered while facing host nations and their humans. the ultimate effects have been efforts poorly conceived and finished and, finally, hazardous to American nationwide interests.
“Flash Points can be required studying for execs in international assistance courses and will be utilized in formal education courses for reduction staff sooner than heading out of the country. it is going to additionally curiosity the overall reader. Many will locate it a desirable tale of 1 woman’s studies in another country. through leaving many pages with illuminating quoted discussion, all readers can be lured on via Jade Wu’s adventures, correct as much as the ultimate ‘flashback.’” — Robert W. Maule, Retired US Senior international carrier Officer
“While there are a number of books at the topic, few supply the original standpoint of the writer who has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa and labored in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, nations the place there were significant army, peacekeeping, and improvement efforts and investments. Wu’s standpoint is that of an goal, serious observer who has labored within the trenches. Her observations are well-informed, astute, and compel the reader to think twice in regards to the ways that this nation usually wastes huge, immense resources—including human lives—in efforts which are ill-conceived.” — Thomas R. Carter, Retired Senior consultant, nutrients and Agriculture association of the United Nations
Jade Wu has labored on US overseas suggestions tasks in Malawi, Kosovo, Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. Her overseas affairs analyses have seemed in a few guides, together with the New York Times, International bring in Tribune, The Hill, Washington Diplomat, and Foreign coverage Journal. She at the moment lives and practices legislations within the Washington, DC area.
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Flash Points: Lessons Learned and Not Learned in Malawi, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan by Jade Wu