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“With his strong reputation as a scholar of modern diplomacy, Rana treads new ground and offers us rare insights into the working of five Asian foreign offices. His work will be valued for a long time by anyone interested in the diplomatic culture of Asia’s rising powers.”—C. Raja Mohan, Nanyang Technological University

“The ebb of Western military and industrial predominance behooves diplomacy of a different mettle from the newly emerging and vibrant powerhouses of the Indo-Pacific. This remarkable book provides valuable insights and wisdom for the contemporary practice and understanding of that form of diplomacy in the infinitely more complex world of the 21st century.”—Peter Cozens, Director, Center for Strategic Studies, Wellington, New Zealand

Chapter List

Preface
Abbreviations

1. Introduction
Global Trends
The Role of Foreign Ministries
The Five Asians
Methods and Objectives
The Criteria

2. Chinese Diplomacy: Reform and Refinement
The Context
Structure
Diplomacy
Methods
Assessment

3. Indian Diplomacy: Opportunity and Renewal
The Context
Structure
Diplomacy
Methods
Assessment

4. Japanese Diplomacy: The West or Asia?
The Context
Structure
Diplomacy
Methods
Assessment

5. Singapore’s Diplomacy: Vulnerability into Strength
The Context
Structure
Diplomacy
Methods
Assessment

6. Thailand’s Diplomacy: Serene Networking
The Context
Structure
Diplomacy
Methods
Assessment

7. The Asian Dimension
The “Asian Values” Debate
Global Values
Cultural Markers and Asia
Asian Diplomatic Systems
A Convergence of Values?

8. Comparing Asian Foreign Ministries
Globalization and Reform
Comparative Data
Structures
Human Resources
Process and Methods
Best Practices

9. Conclusions
The Asian Chessboard
Facing the Future
Calculating Efficiency

Annex
Select Bibliography
Index

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