INAF-633 ISD Capstone - The New Silk Road and Eurasian Stability: Multi-Vector Diplomacy in Action
Spring for 2017-2018
Norland, Richard
As Russia reasserts itself on the world stage and the ISIS threat shows no sign of abating, nations from Europe through South-Central Asia to East Asia struggle to cope in the absence of a fully functioning international security system. Revival of the New Silk Road, based on dramatic improvements in East-West rail, pipeline, air and fiber-optic connections, offers a new set of incentives for cooperation from the Caucasus to the Pacific. These incentives in turn hold strategic potential for the United States, Russia, Europe and China. Nations along the route are playing a new “Great Game” as they tailor their diplomacy to accommodate the eventual winners. At stake is whether any one country or movement will dominate Eurasia.
This course – one of three that fulfills the capstone requirement for the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy’s Certificate in Diplomatic Studies (CDS) – offers students the opportunity to put themselves in the place of national leaders as they calibrate their diplomacy to deal with shifting pressures and real threats to their nations’ existence. Taught by a senior Foreign Service officer who most recently served as U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, the course, which will draw on the Embassy Country Team model, will also examine strategic opportunities for the United States and other global players. The capstone course will conclude with a comprehensive strategy report by the capstone participants.
Open to non-CDS candidates on a space-available basis.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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