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1 Kishan S. Rana
Asian Diplomacy: The Foreign Ministries of China, India, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2007; 0195694228 / 9780195694222; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
This study examines the geopolitical landscape and diplomatic culture of Asia’s five ascending powers—China, India, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand. It scrutinizes the structure and processes of their foreign ministries and the instruments through which foreign policy is implemented. It compares the practices in the leading foreign ministries of the world and how these nations are responding to the demands of globalized democracy in contemporary times. Rana explores related issues like internationalization, subject plurality, technology, public diplomacy, and accountability, and investigates whether these have undermined the relevance of the foreign ministry or have led to a decline of the state’s role in world affairs. Using information and data collected from more than 160 interviews in these countries, the author sheds important light on diplomacy in Asia, a region that merits close attention. He also examines the effectiveness of foreign ministries and their overseas networks; the recruitment and management of diplomatic services; recent evolution in diplomacy; training reforms; performance management; decision-making; crisis management; and style of negotiation. The author also discusses whether the methods of diplomacy are sufficiently adapted and flexible for fully exploiting opportunities available and whether the foreign ministries carry conviction with the home publics and deliver value to them. 020919

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