Serving in the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) during the peak of the country’s communist system; experiencing the “One-Country-Two- Systems”, underpinning the legal relationship between Hong Kong and the Republic of China, as a Consul-General, and working as an Ambassador under the Gaddafi’s Jamahiriya, based on the Libyan leader’s “Third Universal Theory”, were unique experiences by Ambassador M.K. Ibrahim.
In “With Heart and Might”, the author also takes his readers through his less turbulent, but equally challenging experiences in his diplomatic postings to Nigerian Missions in Gabon, Belgium and Sweden, with concurrent accreditation to Denmark, Norway and Iceland. From the account of his experiences in these countries, it can be seen that contrary to the popular belief that the diplomatic career is an elitist profession, associated with hobnobbing with the rich and powerful in different world capitals, in reality, the profession has its hazards, and diplomats are also exposed to all the vicissitudes of life.
Ambassador Ibrahim has considerable experience in multilateral diplomacy, hence this memoir covers several topics under the ambit of the United Nations like, the proposed reform of the UN and the expansion of the Security Council; international financial and economic matters; environment and sustainable development; and human rights. These make the memoir a valuable reading to practitioners and students of diplomacy and international relations, as well as the general public.