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Spring 2011 - 62060 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

U.S. Diplomacy

Instructor(s): McMullen, Ron
Unique Number: 62060
Day & Time: F 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.316/350
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

How does the United States foster its interests and values vis-à-vis the world’s other nations, international organizations, and non-state actors, short of resorting to force?   This seminar integrates the art of diplomacy with the execution of U.S. foreign policy, with a focus on the role played by American diplomats at our embassies and consulates around the globe. Seminar participants will garner an in-depth understanding of the dynamics and functions of U.S. diplomatic posts and the key role they play in the implementation of national strategies and specific objectives. p

The seminar will be highly participative, with students conducting role plays, oral presentations, and active classroom discussions. While the timeframe of the course will be largely post-Cold War, much of the discussion will revolve around contemporary global issues; students are encouraged to read a major national newspaper and The Economist regularly. After an introductory discussion on the theory and practices of diplomacy as the art of statecraft, participants will have two selected U.S. embassies to track and analyze. Students will do a series of mini-projects, oral presentations, and short memoranda about these embassies and their organization, function, and effectiveness.

Seminar participants will be responsible for assigned readings and should come to class prepared to participate.   Skills for successful careers in the international arena, either in public service or the private sector, include critical thinking, a mastery of complex international issues, and the ability to speak and write effectively. Course grades will be based on class participation, group presentations, mini-projects, short memoranda, a mid-term written exam, and an oral final exam.

Will be taught by the current Diplomat in Residence.