On the Finland Watch: An American Diplomat in Finland During the Cold War

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Cooper was political counselor of the US Embassy in Helsinki from 1976-1979, and was responsible for analysis of Finnish political developments and of Finland's foreign relations. He presents a US perspective on Finland during the Cold War period, describing both Finnish politics and his family's efforts to adapt to Finnish society. Includes b&w personal and historical photos. The author also served as deputy ambassador in Finland and as director of the State Department office of Northern European affairs. ...
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Overview

Cooper was political counselor of the US Embassy in Helsinki from 1976-1979, and was responsible for analysis of Finnish political developments and of Finland's foreign relations. He presents a US perspective on Finland during the Cold War period, describing both Finnish politics and his family's efforts to adapt to Finnish society. Includes b&w personal and historical photos. The author also served as deputy ambassador in Finland and as director of the State Department office of Northern European affairs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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What People Are Saying

Henrik Blomstedt
It is rare that a book of this kind give such a clear picture of how quality political reporting is prepared… It is important for the Finnish people to know how seriously and correctly the American embassy assessed political developments and events in Finland.
—Ambassador Henrik Blomstedt, former ambassador of Finland to seven countries, Dec. 8, 1998
Martti Felenius
Cooper's book can be characterized as being a deep and thorough analysis of Finland's post-war foreign and security policy as well as Finland's domestic politics… Cooper's book is useful and necessary and merits being read by as many Finns - and Americans - as possible.
—Martti Felenius, American Uutiset Jan. 7, 1999
Paavo Rantanen
Cooper presents the western super powers' perspective [on Finland] and provides a valuable addition to the too-rare descriptions of Finland by American diplomats. Especially interesting are…Cooper's analytical accounts of Finnish politics. The descriptions of the Cooper family's period in Finland… Cooper penetrated deeply into Finnish society.
— Ambassador Paavo Rantanen, former minister for foreign affairs and ambassador of Finland to the U.S. Healfingin Sanomat, Sept. 23, 1998
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759617698
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xiii
Part 11
1 Learning of and Preparing for an Assignment to Finland 3
2 Getting Settled in Helsinki 9
3 The American Embassy: On the Finland Watch 16
4 U.S. Understanding of the Finnish Context 32
5 The U.S. and NATO Policy Context 47
6 U.S. Perceptions of Some Early Cold War Finnish Crises 56
Part 295
7 Ambassador Mark Austad's Embassy 97
8 Getting Started as Political Counselor 105
9 Important Issues Leading Into the Late 1970s 115
10 The Charms of Finland (I) 136
11 From Ford to Carter: From Austad to Ridgway 148
12 The Ustinov Proposal: Uneasy Finland 156
13 My 1979 Assessment of Kekkonen and the Presidential Succession Issue 167
14 Our Sad Departure from Finland 183
Part 3185
15 There is Life between Helsinki Assignments 187
16 Finland Presents Big Changes: From Kekkonen to Koivisto 195
17 Taking a Reality Check: A 1984 Update of Embassy Assessment of Finland and U.S. Interests 217
18 The Charms of Finland (II): From Living on the Shores of the Baltic to Skiing the Finlandia Ski Race 231
19 A Glitch in Relations: "Finland Can't Afford a Palme Phenomenon" 245
20 Shultz and Schevardnadze Hit it Off at the CSCE 10th Anniversary Conference: Shultz Takes a Liking to Helsinki 257
21 From Nyborg to Schnabel: The Issue of Political Ambassadors 268
22 Back to Washington as Director of Northern Europe 274
23 Final Assignments, the Making and Unmaking of an Ambassador, and a Decision to Retire 282
Part 4291
24 Back to Helsinki: Re-examining Old Shibboleths with Old Friends 293
25 The Kekkonen Legacy: How Much Was Really Necessary and How Much Was Self-Serving? 297
26 The Koivisto Legacy: How Much Continuity and How Much Change? 342
27 An American Diplomat's Parting Thoughts and an Appreciation of Finland 365
Appendix 373
Interviews 375
Persons Interviewed 375
Index 395
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