Peter Moser. Bewegte Zeiten: 40 Jahre im auswärtigen Dienst. Studienverlag ISBN-10: 3706550911
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Peter Moser recapitulates 40 years of his diplomatic career though dramatic times and diplomatic postings. After a law degree from the University of Vienna and a diploma from the Austrian Diplomatic Academy, he joined the foreign service.
During his storied career he was a historical witness to many great events and developments in world politics: as a young embassy secretary in India he saw the ascendancy of Indira Ghandi during the war with Pakistan and the independence of Bangladesh in 1971; he experienced communism from the inside as chief of mission in Bulgaria; as ambassador to Korea the change of regimes and turn towards democracy of South Korea in the 1980s; as Ambassador to the United States (1999-2003) – the pinnacle of any career in the Austrian diplomatic service -- he had to deal with the 9/11 tragedy and its after effects (including the war in Iraq and Afghanistan), as well as the EU “sanctions” against Austria after the formation of the Schűssel ÖVP/FPÖ coalition government.
During his years in Washington he also confronted the restitution issues regarding forced labor in the Nazi era and art such as the famous Klimt paintings from the Bloc-Bauer collection; his final posting abroad came as Austrian ambassador in Japan. He also served in important Foreign Ministry functions back home in Vienna. As chief of administration and personnel he confronted the changeover to computers and digital correspondence and eased many female candidates into the Austrian diplomatic service.