Editor’s Introduction

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Editor’s Introduction

There are a few reasons why this book was compiled.

When Vladimir Petrovsky passed away in 2014, many felt that a rare personality had left this earth—somebody with a unique combination of an academic background, a practical approach, a humanistic view, a visionary spirit, a positive and optimistic outlook and a deep longing to bring the human family closer together.

Having worked closely with him for a number of years, I felt that his life and work, his vision and personality, his achievements and recommendations could serve as an inspiration to current and future generations and contribute to a world of peaceful coexistence, trust, solidarity and cooperation.

As much as the book is intended for the future, it also offers ample insights into the history of the last fifty years and the huge transformations of political, diplomatic and even personal landscapes that have taken place in this time.

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