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the growing importance of increasingly
technical matters?
Amb. Rana discusses all of these
questions from a refreshingly cosmo-
politan perspective. He brings his
own Indian experience into play, of
course, and frequently references
U.S. practices.
But he also cites examples from
many other sources: Botswana’s use
of performance management meth-
ods; Canada’s creation of a “Team
Canada, Inc.,” network of federal de-
partments; Thailand’s introduction of
a corporate method; the United
Kingdom’s strict selection method
for junior-level promotions; and the
concept of the “hub” (regional) em-
bassy that a number of countries are
Learning on the job will always be
vital to the developing officer, but as
this book shows, well-designed train-
ing and education can do a good deal
to help. I urge the Foreign Service
Institute to adopt
21st-Century Diplo-
for its tradecraft courses at all
levels. In addition, State and the
other foreign affairs agencies should
issue this book to all new Foreign
Service employees as soon as they are
I am quite sure that each officer’s
copy will become well-thumbed as the
years pass.
Edward Marks spent 40 years in the
U.S. Foreign Service, including an as-
signment as ambassador to Guinea-
Bissau and Cape Verde. A senior
mentor at various military institutions,
Ambassador Marks currently serves as
a retiree representative on the AFSA
Governing Board, a member of the
American Diplomacy board and a Dis-
tinguished Senior Fellow at George
Mason University.