lighting, Diplomacy

[WebDebate] A New Bilateralism in a Changing World

06 June 2017 -


Event description


Our June WebDebate will focus on questions surrounding bilateral diplomacy. It is not difficult to observe increased scepticism towards multilateral institutions and a growing tendency towards isolationism. This is why we should turn the focus again towards bilateral diplomacy.



Are we witnessing a rising bilateralism? What is the task of bilateral diplomacy in a changing world in which key challenges such as climate change, refugees, and disarmament remain global in scope? How can we prepare the next generation of diplomats to be effective in bilateral diplomacy and address these challenges?

In this WebDebate, Professor Emeritus Ambassador Kishan S Rana will join us and share his insights from 35 years of experience in the Indian Foreign Service and his multifaceted reflections on diplomacy.

Join us on Tuesday, 6 June, at 11:00 UTC (13:00 CEST). Registrations for this event are now closed.


Biographical note

Ambassador Rana served in the Indian Foreign Service (1960 – 1995) as Ambassador/High Commissioner in Algeria, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Mauritius, and Germany. Other positions and honours include: Archives By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge; Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC; Guest Faculty, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna; Commonwealth Adviser, Namibia Foreign Ministry (2000-01).


About our WebDebates

The WebDebates on the future of diplomacy are live streamed on the first Tuesday of every month. They are organised by DiploFoundation within the framework of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT). Learn more about our series of WebDebates.

If you form part of a dynamic circle of practitioners in your community, we encourage you to establish a diplomatic hub to follow the WebDebates and to facilitate discussions. For more information, contact Ms Mina Mudric, DiploFoundation.