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DIP-401: Diplomacy in Theory and Practice

This course is an intense and in-depth exposure to the vast field of diplomacy. In order to achieve this level of exposure, EUCLID relies on 3 major textbooks, complemented by supplementary readings which offer a more personal perspective.

Part 1:

The first module is based on Berridge’s acclaimed classic in the field:

Topics covered in DT&P

  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • The Art of Negotiation
  • The Modes Diplomacy

Part 2:

Level II exposure is achieved by asking student to carefully read, annotate and study Barston’sModern Diplomacy textbook:

Topics covered:

  • Foreign Policy organization
  • Foreign Policy orientation
  • Diplomatic Correspondence
  • Issues pertaining to technology
  • Negotiation
  • Diplomatic Styles and Methods
  • International Financial Relations
  • Trade, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Environmental Diplomacy
  • Diplomacy and Security
  • Diplomacy and Mediation
  • Diplomacy of Normalization
  • International Treaties and Agreements

Students are asked to pay close attention to samples of correspondence and agreements.

 Part 3:

 A different approach to the same topic is offered by Dynamics of Diplomacy which is the third required textbook for this course.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand what MFAs do and how they work
  • Understand the fundamentals of diplomatic negotiations
  • Understand bilateral and multilateral diplomacy
  • Understand subject-specific diplomacy
  • Understand what makes a document a “treaty”
  • Be aware of historical cases relevant to various diplomatic methods

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student is expected to able to:

  • Explain the historical origins of diplomacy and protocol
  • Explain the fundamentals of diplomatic negotiations
  • Discuss the difference between bilateral and multilateral diplomacy
  • Discuss subject-specific diplomacy such as Environmental or Human Rights diplomacy
  • Explain why binding agreements are essential as the outcome of the diplomat process
  • Discuss historical cases relevant to various diplomatic methods

Required Readings and Resources:

– Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (Berridge)

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Modern Diplomacy: Third Edition or later (Barston)

The Dynamics of Diplomacy (Leguey-Feilleux)

Independent Diplomat (Ross)

– MP3 lecture(s) / podcast(s) (London School of Economics):

British Foreign Policy – Challenges facing the next Prime Minister

Public Diplomacy – Steps to the Future

International Relations in a Post-Hegemonic Age


Supplemental Readings and Resources:

– Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower (Kiesling)

– Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy (Freeman)

– Diplomacy for the Next Century (Eban)

– The Practice of Diplomacy (Langhorne)

– The diplomatic corps as an institution of international society (Sharp)

Course Instructor:

This is course is supervised by a primary instructor/faculty member and may also be served by a backup instructor.

The International Faculty Coordinator will confirm the assignment. Do not contact any instructor prior to LMS enrollment with faculty assignment confirmed.