Nirupama M Rao, Foreign Secretary of India

Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International


Chapter 1:  Introduction: The Role of Embassies
Kishan S Rana, Former Indian Ambassador, Author, Teacher

Bipul Chatterjee, Deputy Executive Director, CUTS International

Chapter 2: Best Practices – A Personal Narrative
Arjun Asrani, Member, National Security Advisory Board & Chairman, India-Japan Partnership Forum

Chapter 3: Commercial Diplomacy in Mexico (2000-04)
nup Mudgal, Consul General, Munich Counsellor, Indian Embassy, Mexico City (2000-2004)

Chapter 13: Promoting UAE Investments into India: The Role of the Indian Embassy
Talmiz Ahmad, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)

Chapter 15: ITEC Programme Experience: India and Ethiopia
Gurjit Singh, Head, Eastern and Southern Africa Division, Ministry of External Affairs

Chapter 19: Strategic Dialogue: Track II Diplomacy
Tarun Das, President, Aspen Institute India

Chapter 20: Networking with Local Partners: Experience in Silicon Valley, Mauritius and Germany
Kishan S Rana, Former Indian Ambassador, Author, Teacher

Chapter 21: India at the WTO: From Scepticism to Activism
Mohan Kumar, Ambassador of India to Bahrain

Chapter 26: An Industry-Government Partnership for 2020
Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM

Chapter 27: Concluding Thoughts
Kishan S Rana, Former Indian Ambassador, Author, Teacher

Bipul Chatterjee, Deputy Executive Director, CUTS International


Economic diplomacy includes the promotion of trade and investments, management of aid and other financial flows, tourism promotion and the management of all the regulatory issues that affect a country’s external economic policy; it is handled by the foreign ministry and the economic ministries, and involves contributions by non-state actors. This book tells the story of India's economic diplomacy through 27 essays that portray a mosaic of experience in different situations around the world.

ISBN: 978-81-8257-139-6

Letter from Pascal Lamy, Director-General, WTO

Few are aware of how economic and commercial diplomacy works, even though it is an important part of how our interests are pursued and advanced. This is a pioneering and invaluable book that sheds light on this subject and will become indispensable to every policymaker.

Jagdish Bhagwati
University Professor, Economics and Law
Columbia University

How, in today's global economy, can States make best use of their foreign policy machinery and diplomatic talents? We are all groping for new solutions. This book develops robust, intelligent and closely argued answers, based on acute analysis and an impressive range of professional experience...I salute the achievement.

Sir John Boyd
British Ambassador to Japan (1992-1996)
Master of Churchill College, Cambridge (1996-2006)

This book is overdue: it analyses the changing nature of international diplomacy in the age of globalisation…tools and resources of diplomacy are forced to adapt to this trend or run the risk of losing influence among the many other actors in foreign relations…It is a must read for everyone interested in the impressive growth story of India on its way to becoming a world power.

Thomas Matussek
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi

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