Fall Semester Syllabi


National & International Diplomacy Systems


Week 1: The Current State of International Relations

Week 2: Professional Diplomacy: History, Challenges and Opportunities

Week 3: Diplomatic Doctrine: Diplomacy As a Tool of Statecraft

Week 4: Multilateral Diplomacy

Week 5: Diplomatic Protocol and Immunities

Week 6: The Diplomacy-Defense-Intelligence Axis

Week 7: International Diplomacy and Domestic Politics

Week 8: Diplomatic Successes and Failures: Case Studies

Week 9: Case Study: American Diplomacy

Week 10: Case Study: European Diplomacy

Week 11: Case Study: Russian and Chinese Diplomacy

Week 12: Case Study: The 1990 Reunification of Germany

Week 13: Final Exam



Behind the Scenes of a Diplomatic Mission


Week 1: The Structure and Functions of a Diplomatic Mission

Week 2: The Life of a Diplomat

Week 3: The Role and Authority of the Chief of Mission

Week 4: The Relationship Between Headquarters and the Field

Week 5: Ethical Challenges of Leadership and Management

Week 6: Security Threats: Protecting Embassies and Consulates

Week 7: Consular Affairs and Crisis-Management Abroad

Week 8: Case Study: Diplomatic Service in Europe

Week 9: Case Study: Diplomatic Service in Asia

Week 10: Case Study: Diplomatic Service in Africa

Week 11: Case Study: Diplomatic Service in the Middle East

Week 12: Case Study: Diplomatic Service in the Americas

Week 13: Final Exam



Political & Economic Tradecraft


Week 1: The Interagency Foreign-Policy Process

Week 2: The Role and Functions of the Political Section

Week 3: The Role and Functions of the Economic Section

Week 4: The Duties of Political and Economic Officers

Week 5: Diplomatic Reporting and Writing

Week 6: Writing Diplomatic Cables

Week 7: Diplomatic Advocacy and Lobbying

Week 8: Diplomatic Communication: How to Listen and Talk Like a Diplomat

Week 9: Commercial Diplomacy

Week 10: Science and Health Diplomacy

Week 11: Bilateral Negotiations

Week 12: Multilateral Negotiations

Week 13: Final Exam



Public Diplomacy & Cross-Cultural Communication


Week 1: The Mission of Public Diplomacy

Week 2: Cross-Cultural Communication

Week 3: The Role and Functions of the Public Affairs Section

Week 4: Successful and Failed Public Diplomacy: Case Studies

Week 5: Media Relations in a Rapidly Changing Environment

Week 6: Press Conference and Media Interviews

Week 7: Crisis Communications

Week 8: Cultural and Sports Diplomacy

Week 9: Strategies for Social-Media Engagement

Week 10: Planning and Executing Big Events and VIP Visits

Week 11: Public Speaking, Part 1

Week 12: Public Speaking, Part 2

Week 13: Final Exam



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