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After a BA (Hons) and MA in economics at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, Kishan S Rana joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1960. He spent his early career in China (two Beijing assignments, 1963-65 and 1970-72), and was appointed ambassador to Algeria in 1975. Later he served as ambassador or high commissioner to Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Mauritius and Germany, as also consul general in San Francisco; he served on Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s staff in 1981-82. Foreign languages: Chinese and French.
Kishan Rana is currently a professor emeritus, at DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva; honorary fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, and book review editor of the Institute’s flagship academic journal China Report; as also guest faculty at the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna. He has been archives by-fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, public policy scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC, and Commonwealth Adviser, Namibia Foreign Ministry, 2000-01. He has lectured to diplomats at 20 foreign ministry training institutions (including annual visits to the China Foreign Affairs University, 2002-14), and at ambassador conferences held by foreign countries in several capitals. He was a professor emeritus at the Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi, 2001-09.
Kishan Rana has authored a dozen books, mainly focused on diplomatic studies; the most recent work is Diplomacy at the Cutting Edge (2015). Two books have been translated into Chinese; some of them are used as textbooks at universities in different parts of the world. He has written about 90 articles for academic journals and newspapers.
Manas Publications: New Delhi, 2000;
(revised paperback edition August, 2002).
|Bilateral Diplomacy, DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva, 2002.; (South Asian edition, Manas, New Delhi, 2002; Chinese edition: Peking University Press, 2005).|
|Asian Diplomacy: The Foreign Ministries of China, India, Japan, Singapore and Thailand
(DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva, 2007; OUP, New Delhi, John Hopkins, Baltimore).
|Diplomacy for the 21st Century: A Practitioner’s Guide
(Continuum, New York, 2011)
|Co-author: monograph: India’s North-East States, the BCIM Forum and Regional Integration, (Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, 2012).|
|The Contemporary Embassy: Paths to Diplomatic Excellence, Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2013.|
|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).|
|The 21st Century Ambassador: Plenipotentiary to Chief Executive
DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva, 2004.
(South Asian edition: Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2005; Chinese translation published in 2008).
|Co-editor, Foreign Ministries: Managing Diplomatic Networks and Delivering Value
(DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva, 2007.)
|Co-editor, Economic Diplomacy: India’s Experience
(CUTS, Jaipur, 2011).
|Co-editor, special issue, ‘Economic Diplomacy and Emerging and Developing Countries’, International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy, Vol. 1 Issue 3 & 4, 2013.|
|Diplomacy: At the Cutting Edge, Manas Publications, New Delhi, to be published in December 2015.|
- ‘A Design to Excel’, Business India, Mumbai, 1 January 1996.
- ‘New Face of Diplomacy: An Expanding Role’. Indian Express, New Delhi, February 9, 1996.
- ‘The Missing Spark’ Business Standard, New Delhi, 10 February 1996.
- ‘Shaping a Workforce’ Business India, Mumbai, 20 May 1996.
- ‘Technical Training: A Perspective’, Business Standard, New Delhi, 9 July 1997.
- ‘Export or Perish’, Business Standard, New Delhi, 21 July 1997.
- ‘Promoting India’s Economic Interests Abroad: The Main Tasks Ahead’, eds. Lalit Mansingh, et al, Indian Foreign Policy: Agenda for the 21st Century, Vol. I, (Konark, Delhi, 1997), pp. 222-33.
- ‘Restructuring the MEA’, eds. Lalit Mansingh, et al, Indian Foreign Policy: Agenda for the 21st Century, Vol. I, (Konark, Delhi, 1997), pp. 431-45.
- ‘Memories of a Young Indian Diplomat in China in the 1960s and the 1970s’, Across the Himalayan Gap: An Indian Quest for Understanding China, (Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, New Delhi, 1998).
- ‘Adopt The German Model’, Business Standard, New Delhi, 13 April 1997.
- Three article series on Algeria: ‘Seeds of a Crisis’, ‘Goods and Good Relations’, ‘Fundamental Facts’, Asian Age, New Delhi, 17-19 February 1999.
- ‘Berlin: From Reich to Republic’ The Telegraph, Kolkata, 26 August 1999.
- ‘Indian Diplomacy’, World Focus, New Delhi, October 1999.
- ‘Need to Strengthen Relations in South Asia’, India Abroad, New York, 7 January 2000.
- ‘Revisiting China: An Indian Diplomat’s Impressions of China, Which is on the Fast Track of Transformation’, (article and photo essay), Frontline, Chennai, 4 February 2000.
- ‘Modernising The Delivery System For Foreign Policy’, Business Standard, New Delhi, 22 August 2000.
- ‘The Media, Public Opinion and Diplomacy’ Business Standard, August 2001.
- ‘Terrorism: Beyond Manhattan’, Business Standard, New Delhi, 14 September 2001.
- ‘Ke”EP” up the good work’ Business Standard, New Delhi, 20 August, 2002.
- ‘Inside The Indian Foreign Service’, Foreign Service Journal, Washington DC, October, 2002.
- ‘Island Diplomacy’, Indian Express, New Delhi, 7 June 2003.
- ‘E-Learning’s Different, But it Works’ Business Standard, New Delhi, 10 March 2004.
- ‘Public Diplomacy and India’, Business Standard, New Delhi, 8 May 2004.
- ‘Beijing Diary’, Outlook, New Delhi, 5 July 2004.
- Performance Management in Foreign Ministries: Corporate Techniques in the Diplomatic Services (‘Studies in Diplomacy’ series of papers, Clingendael, July 2004) [https://www.clingendael.nl/cli/publ/diplomacy/pdf/issue93.pdf ]
- ‘Economic Diplomacy in India: A Practitioner’s Perspective’, International Studies Perspectives, Vol. 5 (2004), pp. 66-70.
- ‘Navel gazing at the foreign office’, Business Standard, New Delhi, 21 January, 2005.
- ‘E-Learning for Diplomats’, Foreign Service Journal, Washington DC, Vol. 82, No. 7, July-August 2005.
- ‘The Structure and Operation of China’s Diplomatic System’, China Report, 41:3, 2005.
- ‘Singapore’s Diplomacy: Vulnerability into Strength’, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, vol.1 no.1 (2006), pp.81-106.
- ‘Diplomatic Training: Options and Opportunities’, ‘The Journal of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations’, Kuala Lumpur, Vol. 8, No. 2 December 2006.
- ‘Mastering Commercial Diplomacy’, Business Line, Chennai, 10 February 2007.
- ‘The Asian Dimension’, ‘Envisioning Asia’ issue, Seminar, New Delhi, Issue 573, June 2007, New Delhi, pp. 24-32,
- ‘Representing India in the Diplomatic Corps’, The Diplomatic Corps as an Institution of International Society, eds. Paul Sharp and Geoffrey Wiseman, (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2007), pp. 125-42.
- ‘Economic Diplomacy: The Experience of Developing Countries’, The New Economic Diplomacy: Decision Making and Negotiations in International Relations, eds. Nicholas Bayne and Stephen Woolcock, (Ashgate, London, 2nd Edition, 2007), pp. 201-20.
- ‘Diplomatic Education’, published as Chapter 11 in: An Anthology Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of the Higher Colleges of Technology, ed. Tayeb A Kamali, (HCT Press, UAE, 2007).
- ‘Role of Diplomacy in Managing the Movement of People’, Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, New Delhi, January, 2008
- ‘Such a Long Journey’, Business Standard, 17 February 2008.
- ‘Regional Diplomacy and India-China Economic Relations’, China Report, New Delhi, 44:3 (2008)
- ‘Women in the Indian Foreign Service: Gender Equality’, Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, New Delhi, October 2008.
- ‘Building Relations Through Multi-Dialogue Formats: Trends in Bilateral Diplomacy’, Journal of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, Kuala Lumpur, Vol. 10, No. 1 December 2008.
- ‘MEA’s institutional software – A US prognosis’, Business Standard, 23 July 2009.
- ‘India’s Diaspora Diplomacy’, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, vol.4 no.3 (2009), pp.361-372.
- The Strategic Impact of a Rising India: Prospects and Challenges, The Asia Pacific Roundtable Series, Kuala Lumpur, 2009.
- ‘Beyond Diplomacy 101’, Business Standard, 25 December 2010.
- ‘Resetting India’s Public Diplomacy’ Business Standard, 16 January 2011.
- ‘Serving the Private Sector: India’s Experience in Context’, The New Economic Diplomacy: Decision Making and Negotiation in International Economic Relations, Bayne and Woolcock, 3rd edition, (Ashgate, London, 2012).
- ‘Sub-Regional Diplomacy: An Imperative of Our Time’, ICSSR-NERC Conference on ‘India’s Look East Policy and the North-Eastern Region: Strengthening the Continental Route.’ Shillong, 21-22 March, 2012.
- ‘India’s Economic Diplomacy’, (to be published in a Lexicon of Economic Diplomacy and International Business, by the Institute of Economic Diplomacy, Belgrade, Serbia, 2012).
- ‘India’s Rise in Asia & Some Thoughts on Strategic Decision-Making’, to be published by the South Asia Institute, Chengdu, Sichuan University in their publication on a September 2012 conference on ‘Asian Diplomacy and India’.
- Three article series: ‘Battle Lines of the 1962 War’, 17 September; ‘A message for Mr. Nehru’s ears only’, 20 October; ‘The 1962 war – Where did India go wrong?’, 31 October, 2012 Business Standard.
- ‘China – At the crossroads’, 9 November 2012, Business Standard.
- ‘India-China Cooperation: Some Elements for Building Scenarios’, China-India Cooperation Prospects: Papers Presented at the 1st Academic Summit on China-India Cooperation in 2011, edited by Victor FS Sit, Enrich, Hong Kong, 2013.
- ‘Diaspora Diplomacy and Public Diplomacy’, Relational, Networked, and Collaborative Approaches to Public Diplomacy: The Connective Mindshift, Routledge, New York, 2013.
- ‘Foreign Visits and the Headlines’, Business Standard, 23 February 2013.
- ‘Persuasion, Trust and Personal Credibility’, Persuasion, the essence of diplomacy, Prof. Dietrich Kappeler, DiploFoundation, Malta, February 2013.
- ‘India’s Aid Diplomacy’, Business Standard, 12 May 2013.
- ‘Why Cooperation with Neighboring Countries is Vital for India’s Northeast’, Business Standard, 2 June 2013
- ‘Time for India to hit back at UK’s irrational visa barriers’, Business Standard, 1 August, 2013
- ‘How India needs better advocacy to mobilise more FDI’, Business Standard, 4 August 2013
- ‘Economic Diplomacy: What Might Best Serve a Developing Country?’ Special Issue, ‘Economic Diplomacy and Emerging and Developing Countries’, International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy, Vol.1, Issue 3-4.
- ‘The view from India’, Out of the Cold: The Cold War and Its Legacy, Michael R Fitzgerald and Allen Packwood, eds, Bloomsbury, New York, 2013.
- ‘Innovation and Bilateral Diplomacy’, The Journal of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, Vol. 13, No. 2, November 2013.
- ‘The Truth About Summits’, Business Standard, 2 March 2014, conference papers.
- ‘For the foreign ministry, a task within the country’s borders’, Business Standard, 25 May 2014.
- ‘India and China: Comparing Soft Power’, India-China Insights, June 2014.
- ‘An open letter: diplomacy with growth in mind’, Business Standard, 8 June 2014.
- ‘The power to attract’, Business Standard, 22 June 2014.
- ‘The Glass Gets Fuller’, Foreign Service Journal, Washington DC, June 2014.
- ‘Dealing with the silk route merchants’, Business Standard, 17 August, 2014
- ‘How Mr. Modi can revilaise the foreign ministry’, Business Standard, 5 October 2014.
- ‘How to brand India’, Business Standard, 16 November 2014.
- ‘Diplomacy Systems and Processes: Comparing India and China’, China Report, Vol.50-4, November 2014, pp.297-323.
- ‘A visit that enshrined diplomacy as spectacle…’ Business Standard, 1 February 2015.
- ‘A new beginning in the Indian ocean’, Business Standard, 8 March 2015.
- ‘The Silk Roads and India today’, Business Standard, 3 May 2015.
- ‘India and China: cooperation, competition or contestation?’ 17 May 2015.
- ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Visit to China, May 2015’, China Report, 51:4, 2015.
- ‘Foreign Policy as a Public Good’, Policy Wonks, 17 August 2015, http://policywonks.in/commentary/foreign-policy-as-a-public-goodpolicy-as-a-public-good
- ‘Soft Power Diplomacy Will Help Strengthen India-Germany Relations’, The Quint, 6 October 2015, https://www.thequint.com/opinion/2015/10/06/soft-power-diplomacy-will-help-in-strengthening-india-germany-ties
- ‘Revisiting Civil Service Recruitment’, Business Standard, 18 October 2015.
- ‘Focus on Inherent Strength, Don’t be Distracted by China’, The Quint, 27 October 2015, https://www.thequint.com/opinion/2015/10/27/focus-on-inherent-strength-dont-be-distracted-by-china-in-africa
- ‘Exchanges among foreign ministries on diplomacy methods: Some thoughts’, The Journal of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, Kuala Lumpur, Vol. 15, No. 2, December 2015, pp. 5-16.
- ‘Getting the whole government involved in foreign affairs’ Business Standard’, 14 February 2016.
- ‘Shedding old beliefs on Pakistan, China’, Business Standard, 24 February 2016.
- ‘A diplomatic necessity: Why embassies persist in the digital age’, The Interpreter, Lowy Institute, 6 April 2016, https://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2016/04/06/A-diplomatic-necessity-Why-embassies-persist-in-the-digital-age.aspx
- ‘Serving the Private Sector: India’s Economic Diplomacy’ Chapter Six, The New Economic Diplomacy, 4th edition, ‘The New Economic Diplomacy: Decision-Making and Negotiation in International Economic Relations’, Ashgate, 2016.
- ‘Some steps for India’s renewal’, Business Standard, 1 May 2016.
- ‘Economic Diplomacy: A Developing Country Perspective’, Research Handbook on Economic Diplomacy, Peter A.G. van Bergeijk, and Selwyn Moons eds. Institute of Social Studies Erasmus University and Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2016.
- ‘Kautilya’, Encyclopedia on Diplomacy, Wiley, 2016.
- ‘Bilateral Diplomacy’, Encyclopedia on Diplomacy, Wiley, 2016.
- ‘India and China: Soft Power in an Asian Context’, The Routledge Handbook of Soft Power, Routledge, (publication in Nov. 2016) https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Soft-Power/Chitty-Hayden-Ji-Rawnsley/p/book/9781138945814
In 2002 and 2003 I developed two training courses of six lectures each for the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, in a self-learning format; they covered ‘Bilateral Diplomacy’ and ‘Contemporary Diplomacy’. In 2007, a Canadian colleague, Ambassador Adriaan de Hoog, and I collaborated to develop a similar self-learning course covering ‘Multilateral Diplomacy’.
In 2008 a version of the ‘Bilateral Diplomacy’ self-learning course that had been developed jointly with DiploFoundation, was acquired by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and adapted for its use. I worked with the FCO’s experts in producing this adaptation.
Photography has been a life-long interest, starting from my schooldays. Retirement from the foreign service did not push me towards this hobby, as much as I had hoped. Digital photography now offers wider low cost options, and the few pictures I sell for publication also provide an incentive. In 2003 I had held a photo exhibition at the India International Center, New Delhi.