Edited by Kishan S. Rana and Jovan Kurbalija
2007, DiploFoundation
Paperback, 380 pages
ISBN 978-99932-53-16-7
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This is a collection of papers presented at the 2006 Conference on Foreign Ministries hosted by DiploFoundation in May 2006, in Geneva. The overarching theme is the adaptation and reform that these ministries have undertaken, in the shape of country experiences and the transformation implemented in specific areas such as the application of information technology for outreach to domestic publics, adaptation in consular services and outsourcing options. Some of the challenging issues addressed cover relations between civil servants and politicians, the role of sub-state entities in diplomacy, and how to survive budget cuts. The depth and diversity of the essays is a distinguishing feature of this collection.

Paul Sharp, Professor and Head of Political Science, University of Minnesota, Duluth, states: 'This is a comprehensive volume of essays by leading academics and practitioners on the challenges and opportunities which confront Ministries of Foreign Affairs in the first half of the 21st Century. Particularly valuable are the way in which the intersection between foreign and domestic affairs is examined, and the treatment of adaptation as an ongoing state of affairs in which MFA’s are always engaged.'

Paul Meerts, Diplomatic Consultant at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael, states: 'While specialised ministries enter the diplomatic stage ‘en masse’, Foreign Ministries are looking at themselves, and asking, what is our cutting edge, our niche? This reader analyses the internal as well as external strengths and weaknesses of Foreign Affairs’ Ministries. It concludes with the idea that diplomats are best equipped to deal with certain issues on the agenda put forth by globalisation, provided that they are able and willing to adapt to the constantly changing world around them. This book is an informative volume for the young diplomat or the interested general reader on ‘what needs to be done’.'

Contents (click on the section to download individual chapters in pdf)

  1. Brian Hocking: What is the foreign ministry?
  2. Kishan S. Rana: MFA Reform: Global Trends
  3. Adam Blackwell: Results Based Diplomacy
  4. John O’Keefe: Transformational Diplomacy
  5. Vitavas Srivihok: The CEO Ambassador: Challenges of the Internal Management of External Affairs
  6. Lars-Göran Larsson: Modernizing Foreign Services - Facing the Internal Challenge
  7. Fauziah Mohamed Taib: Privatizing Diplomacy - the Way Forward?
  8. Jozef Batora: Intra-EU Diplomacy: A Conceptual Challenge
  9. Alex Sceberras Trigona: Diplomatic Dealing with Politicians
  10. Tatiana Zonova: Russian MFA: Facing the Regionalization Process
  11. David Criekemans: The Case of Flanders (1993-2005): How Subnational Entities Develop their Own ‘Paradiplomacy’
  12. Benedict von Tscharner: Switzerland’s Agreements with the European Union:  How to Manage Complex International Negotiation
  13. Doru Romulus Costea: Multilateralism: Fading or Changing?
  14. Markus Kummer: Diplomatic Services and Emerging Multidisciplinary Issues, such as Internet Governance
  15. Algimantas Rimkunas: Modernization of the Lithuanian Consular Service in Response to Global Challenges
  16. Maaike Heijmans and Jan Melissen: MFAs and the Rising Challenge of Consular Affairs: Cinderella in the Limelight
  17. Karl Th. Paschke: Public Diplomacy
  18. Ron Garson: Canada’s Foreign Ministry: On-Line and Interactive
  19. John Mathiason: Linking Diplomatic Performance Assessment to International Results-Based Management
  20. Rolando Stein: Diplomatic Training Around the World
  21. Lichia Yiu and Raymond Saner: Value from Training: A Requisite Management System ISO 10015 and Its Application
  22. John Hemery: Innovations in Diplomatic Training
  23. Aldo Matteucci: How to Survive Budget Cuts – And Thrive
  24. Jovan Kurbalija: E-Diplomacy - the Challenge for Ministries of Foreign Affairs
  25. Aldo Matteucci: Horizon 2020