INAF-363 Practicing Diplomacy Abroad
Fall for 2017-2018
This seminar will look at diplomacy as a political process and as an instrument of foreign policy. It will examine the role and responsibilities of the ambassador and other members of an overseas mission, explore the resources and techniques available to them, and review the way diplomats relate to the government they serve and the one to which they are accredited. It will also look critically at the backup at the headquarters end of diplomacy (e.g. Washington), examining the functioning of the foreign policy bureaucracy and its interaction with overseas operations. It will survey the historical evolution of diplomacy and the impact of recent political, economic, social, and technological changes on diplomatic practices. It will also consider the relationship between diplomacy and intelligence operations and the growth in importance of "new" areas of foreign policy concern such as counter-terrorism and the prevention of drug trafficking and cross-border crime. The course will focus primarily on U.S. diplomatic practices, but much of the material is also relevant to the way other governments organize their diplomatic activities. In a final session, three foreign diplomats representing countries of differing size and circumstance will discuss the way their countries practice diplomacy and compare this with the U.S. approach. The instructor is a retired U.S. ambassador. Several other American career diplomats will also meet with the class.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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