Spring 2007 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: U.S. Diplomacy
Instructor(s): Gregory Engle
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 63520
Day & Time: Mondays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.110
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: Students in ?U.S. Diplomacy: Organizations and Practice? will examine the organization and activities of the U.S. Department of State in Washington and overseas, as well as the elements of other U.S. government agencies represented in American embassies and consulates abroad. Coordination and execution of U.S. foreign policy within a mission presents a challenge to the Ambassador, particularly in countries where more than a dozen U.S. Government agencies may be represented. Multiple players are involved in security and law enforcement cooperation, trade issues, and development assistance, for example. Students will learn how these are addressed at our embassies and in Washington, through review of written material and interaction with former chiefs of mission. Readings on diplomatic conventions, history, and protocol will help students understand the international framework of diplomacy, including consular relations.

Successful diplomats draw on a wide range of skills that will be studied in this course, Such as cross-cultural negotiation, managing diverse work groups, and clear, concise reporting. Class exercise will allow students to develop these skills.

Grading will be based on class participation, multiple short papers, and exams.

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