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The Contemporary Embassy: Paths to Diplomatic Excellence by Kishan S. Rana

By Kishan S. Rana

Today's embassy blends culture and alter. It incorporates a number of kingdom and non-state actors who jostle at the foreign level. This leading edge research considers why embassies this present day are in particular proper to the overseas approach, analyzing the recent illustration thoughts and international international relations options in a data age.

Located on the leading edge of maintaining kin with international international locations, the embassy performs an extended position of in bilateral, neighborhood and multilateral affairs, as a promoter of nationwide pursuits. As international ministries and diplomatic networks are anticipated to convey extra while fabric and human assets in public companies are shrinking, this article addresses how embassies can enhance their functioning, operating in an enlightened, empowered and potent demeanour. Supported through empirical study and interviews with diplomats and different execs, along distinct insights into the reviews of constructing nations, The modern Embassy might be a important source for international relations students and practitioners alike.

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14 Developing countries have been latecomers to using their embassies for economic advancement. India made the shift in the mid-1960s, reactivating an economic unit in the Ministry of External Affairs, but the real push came after the 1973 surge in oil prices, when embassies were tasked to promote exports and go out to win project contracts for Indian companies. Manpower exports of technicians and semi-skilled labor also became a priority. Around that time, other countries of the Global South began their journeys up that learning curve.

This trend towards collaboration seems contradictory to the previous point about contestation, but international relations encompass many apparent opposites. For instance, the EU is the world’s most unified regional entity; its members have pooled sovereignty and transferred an unprecedented degree of decision making to the collective. At the same time, each member state strives to promote its national trade and other economic interests, often in competition with fellow EU members. 9 Seventh, it is proactive: this involves missions, embassies, and consulates pursuing available opportunities, creating new opportunities, and undertaking actions on their own initiative, of course consonant with the country’s policy and objectives.

They often fail in their dealings with their deputies, on whom they must rely for advice on diplomatic expertise. All this said, we find that some non-career ambassadors have delivered outstanding results, including Madeline Albright at the UN (1997–2001) and Robert D. Blackwill in India (2001–3). The infrequency of such counter experiences underscores their exceptional nature, and if anything, reinforces the arguments adduced here. Countries differ in the internal ranks they give to ambassadors.

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