21st Century DiplomacyKishan S Rana
2011, Continuum
Paperback, 392 pages
ISBN: 978-1441168382


In the 21st century, new kinds of challenges resulting from interdependence among states and globalisation have had a determining impact of the conduct of diplomacy. Diplomacy has become multifaceted, pluri-directional, volatile and intensive, due to the increased complexity in terms of actors, dialogues subjects, modes of communication, and plurality of objectives. This unique text, written by a leading scholar and Foreign Service expert, examines all such factors to provide the definitive guide to diplomacy as it is practiced today. With a multitude of examples from around the world, including the US, UK, EU, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the book covers the spectrum of diplomacy practice, including regional diplomacy, diplomacy of small states, performance management, handling of decisions and crisis, use of information technology, and reform in foreign ministries. Also included are chapters on craft skills and practical exercises. 21st Century Diplomacy will be essential to anyone learning diplomacy, and will also support courses in international relations, foreign policy, and intercultural communication.

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  1. Globalized Diplomacy
  2. Regional Diplomacy
  3. The Diplomacy of Small States
  4. Public Diplomacy and the Country Brand
  5. Diaspora Diplomacy
  6. Foreign Ministries: Change and Reform
  7. The Reinvented Embassy
  8. The Decision Process, Crisis and Risk Management
  9. Improving Performance, Delivering Value
  10. Information and Communications Technology in Diplomacy
  11. The New Consular Diplomacy
  12. Protocol in International Affairs
  13. Professional Attributes
  14. The Spoken Art and Advocacy
  15. Writing Skills
  16. Drafting Resolutions
  17. Records of Discussion
  18. Representational Entertainment
  19. Training Exercises
  20. Concluding Observations