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Spring 2012 - 62010 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

U.S. Diplomacy: Making & Implementing Foreign Policy

Instructor(s): McMullen, Ron
Unique Number: 62010
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. The seminar will be highly participative, with students conducting role-plays, oral presentations, and active classroom discussions. While the time frame of the course will be largely post-Cold War, much of the discussion will revolve around contemporary global issues.