Shridath Ramphal is a lawyer and international diplomat. He rose from humble origins to become a key advisor to Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth of Nations, and is also the longest serving Secretary-General of the Commonwealth (1975â€“1990). Shridath lives in Barbados.
Glimpses of a Global Life
Shridath Ramphal looks at his fifteen years at the centre of international conflicts as the Commonwealth Secretary-General.
Shridath "Sonny" Ramphal has lived a long and global life. A lawyer and international diplomat, he rose from humble origins to become a key Advisor to Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth. Leaders from every continent engaged with him as the longest serving Secretary-General of the Commonwealth (1975â€“1990) and as the only person who served on all the Independent International Commissions that grappled with the worldâ€™s major issues.
Glimpses of a Global Life involves a cast of the worldâ€™s leading characters and the central role Ramphal played alongside them in issues such as ending the apartheid in South Africa; laying the foundations for global concerns about the environment; the reform of global governance, and the resolution of conflicts. It is an analysis of major problems and challenges that dominated the twentieth century and which continue to shape the contours of the twenty-first.
His book offers an accessible, highly readable and honest account from one of the very few Caribbean individuals whose life, influence and role intersected not only at the key moments that have made todayâ€™s Caribbean, but also with global events such as the ending apartheid and colonial rule in Africa.