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"In 21st Century Diplomacy, Ambassador Rana has produced an invaluable guide for junior diplomats to the fast-changing and demanding world in which they will work, and he has so from the perspective of a senior and highly successful insider." -Paul Sharp, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA.



"A seminal contribution to scholarship on modern diplomatic theory and practice. 21st Century Diplomacy is a nuts and bolts manual for modern diplomacy, which will be invaluable to both scholars and practitioners in the field of international relations. There is no better person than Ambassador Rana to undertake this significant study, given his vast diplomatic experience and his keen involvement,in recent years, in building human resource capacity in the craft of diplomacy across the world." - Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary of India and currently Chairman, Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries, New Delhi.


"The clichéd image of the venerable profession of diplomacy is one of stuffed shirts living in exotic, well-appointed residences and attending a whirl of cocktail parties. Yet how far this is from reality is superbly described in this new book by Kishan Rana. This seasoned representative of one of the best diplomatic services in the world reveals the true story of diplomats as modern managers of foreign relations, networking and negotiating with politicians, businessmen, academics or artists, and equally at home with the use of modern methods of technology. Rana's comprehensive picture of the diplomat of the 21st century is not only scholarly and magisterial but also, with its telling use of amusing anecdotes taken from everyday life in embassies and international conference halls, highly entertaining. This excellent volume can be highly recommended to every student of contemporary diplomacy." -Ambassador Hans Winkler



"A seminal contribution to scholarship on modern diplomatic theory and practice.  21st Century Diplomacy is a nuts and bolts manual for modern diplomacy, which will be invaluable to both scholars and practitioners in the field of international relations. There is no better person than Ambassador Rana to undertake this significant  study, given his vast diplomatic experience and his keen involvement,in recent years, in building human resource capacity in the craft of diplomacy across the world.” - Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary of India and currently Chairman, Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries, New Delhi.


"The clichéd image of the venerable profession of diplomacy is one of stuffed shirts living in exotic, well-appointed residences and attending a whirl of cocktail parties. Yet how far this is from reality is superbly described in this new book by Kishan Rana. This seasoned representative of one of the best diplomatic services in the world reveals the true story of diplomats as modern managers of foreign relations, networking and negotiating with politicians, businessmen, academics or artists, and equally at home with the use of modern methods of technology. Rana’s comprehensive picture of the diplomat of the 21st century is not only scholarly and magisterial but also, with its telling use of amusing anecdotes taken from everyday life in embassies and international conference halls, highly entertaining. This excellent volume can be highly recommended to every student of contemporary diplomacy." -Ambassador Hans Winkler

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Kishan Rana is Professor Emeritus, Foreign Service Institute of New Delhi, and Senior Fellow, DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva. He served as Ambassador to Algeria, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Mauritius, and Germany, and Consul-General in San Francisco. He was Archives By-Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge University, 2004, and Public Policy Scholar at Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC, 2005. He Chairs the India Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP).
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  • Series: Key Studies in Diplomacy
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (September 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441168389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441168382
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Short CV: BA (Hon) and MA in economics, St Stephens College Delhi. Indian Foreign Service (1960-95); Ambassador/High Commissioner: Algeria, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Mauritius, and Germany (also Consul General, San Francisco, 1986-89); served on the staff of PM Indira Gandhi (1981-82). Professor Emeritus, DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva; Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi; Archives By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge; Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC; guest faculty, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna; Commonwealth Adviser, Namibia Foreign Ministry, 2000-01. I was a Commonwealth expert at the Botswana Foreign Ministry, 2011.

Books

1. Inside Diplomacy, Manas Publications: New Delhi, 2000; (revised paperback edition August, 2002). [manaspublications.vsnl.com]
2. Managing Corporate Culture: Leveraging Diversity to give India a Global Competitive Edge, (with Karl Ulrich and R.S. Chaudhry), Macmillan India: New Delhi, 2000; (book awarded the First Prize by the Indian Society for Training & Development, New Delhi, Jan. 2001).
3. Bilateral Diplomacy, DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva, 2002. [www.diplomacy.edu]; (South Asian edition, Manas, New Delhi, 2002; Chinese edition: Peking University Press, 2005).
4. The 21st Century Ambassador: Plenipotentiary to Chief Executive DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva, 2004. [www.diplomcy.edu] (South Asian edition: Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2005; Chinese translation published in 2008).
5. Asian Diplomacy: The Foreign Ministries of China, India, Japan, Singapore and Thailand (DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva, 2007; OUP, New Delhi, John Hopkins, Baltimore). [www.diplomacy.edu]
6. Co-editor, Foreign Ministries: Managing Diplomatic Networks and Delivering Value, (DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva, 2007). [www.diplomacy.edu]
7. Diplomacy for the 21st Century: A Practitioner Guide, (Continuum, New York, 2011).
8. Co-editor, Economic Diplomacy: India's Experience, (CUTS, Jaipur, 2011).
9. Co-author: monograph: India's North-East States, the BCIM Forum and Regional Integration, (Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, 2012).

I have also written about 60 articles in academic journals, and in newspapers and other journals, besides some 20 odd book reviews.

I enjoy writing, and have especially enjoyed crafting 30-odd long letters in the past seven years to my two grandchildren, sharing with them ideas and experiences. These are meant to share with them bits of family history as well, and I continue to write about 4 or 5 letters to them each year.

Currently I am working on three book projects, a book on diplomacy to be sent off to the publisher by the middle of 2013, a memoir that is about half written out (but in need of revision), and a completely different work, on Winston Churchill, a product of a term I spent at Churchill College as a Archives By-Fellow, Cambridge in 2004.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carlo on September 15, 2012
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This book takes on a rather rare subject, the practice of diplomacy. Although it may not seem rare at first, if one first eliminates all of the "memoir" type books and then all of the international relations theory books, there really is rather little left in the field. (Not to say that the memoir books are not worth reading for practical ideas and observations, for example George Kennan's.) However, the author, a retired senior Indian diplomat, has truly "been there done that" and it shows in the selective nature of the examples he uses and the tone he conveys of the erudite, thoughtful and experienced diplomat.

Since the author was not a U.S. or closely allied diplomat, this means he has something of a different perspective on issues which I found refreshing. There is also a general lack of ideological prescriptions in the book, which befits a professional diplomat whose job it is to represent his country's policies and interests, rather than to try to save or fix the world. The book's chapters follow a series of lessons that the author developed for a diplomatic university, so the material has been tested from both a conceptual and practical standpoint. I learned a fair amount even about some of the more common topics. I also found it interesting to see how different countries' foreign services tackled (or failed to tackle) the same types of problems, such as conducting multilateral diplomacy, creating a professional training program, and defining a bilateral relationship.

The Kindle edition I read could have used one more editorial pass, although it's sometimes hard to know if something is a typo or a formatting error; in any case, this did not materially detract from the book's usefulness or annoy me too much (and this is something I can get annoyed at easily).
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