Marcelo Fernández de Córdoba has written a comprehensive and engaging account of the events leading up to the 1995 Itamaraty Peace Accord. Itamaraty played two crucial roles in the recurring border dispute between Ecuador and Peru. First, it declared a cease fire in the war that had erupted in early 1995. Second, it laid the foundation for the more lasting 1998 peace agreement, which has to date ended armed hostility in the area and seems to have settled the conflict. Itamaraty was a key component in the two countries’ move towards peace, and Fernández de Córdoba gives us a participant’s view and a very detailed account.

The author has the diplomatic credentials needed to take the reader inside Ecuador’s foreign policy process. He has served in the Foreign Service since the mid 1960s, including numerous ambassadorial assignments, especially in Europe. He represented Quito as the chief of the Ecuadoran delegation...

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