IGA-110: Modern Diplomacy: Peace and War in the 21st Century

Semester: Not Offered

Credit: 1.0


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This course examines some of the great diplomatic achievements since the end of the Cold War-the fall of communism, the end of Apartheid in South Africa, the Gulf War Coalition, the Dayton Peace Agreement, the Peru-Ecuador Boarder Dispute, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Iran and North Korea nuclear challenge, and the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Through investigation of these ten case studies, we seek to determine the key elements present in producing both success and failure in contemporary diplomacy and negotiations. Can we learn to place greater value in diplomacy as a key weapon in our national security strategy? Can the U.S. and the rising powers work together to rebuild international institutions to cope with transnational challenges--regional wars, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, climate change? Why has diplomacy been successful in stopping war and creating stability in some regions, such as the Balkans, and so unsuccessful elsewhere as in Iraq and Afghanistan? The course studies how diplomacy is changing in our own time including major roles for the NGOs and international institutions in global governance. Students will develop diplomatic, political, and presentational skills necessary for professional success in government, the NGO world, and the private sector. Students are expected to have done all readings before each class, to participate actively in class discussions, and will be given the opportunity to lead class discussions on specific crises and diplomatic assignments.

Not offered in 2015-16.








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