DIP 700: Dynamics of Diplomacy

Fall 2015

Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce

Tuesday, 1-3:30pm

NURS 504



Dr. Robert M. Farley

Office: POT 1177                                               

Office Hours: Monday, 1:30-3:30pm

Office Telephone: 859-257-4668

E-mail: farls0@gmail.com




DIP 700 is required for every student in the Patterson School masters degree program. Its intent is to ensure a basic level of shared knowledge, provide exposure to key institutions and their operations, and hone professional skills in various types of writing and speaking. In sum, we seek to lay the solid foundation required to develop the knowledge and skills needed for a successful professional international career.


The first part of the course introduces the key academic disciplines:  history, diplomacy, political science, and economics, providing the essentials since all students do not enter the program with the same background.  The second part of the course focuses on core skills.  We aim is to ensure that students’ basic speaking and writing skills meet professional expectations. This course will introduce you to various types of professional writing and oral presentations. The third part of the course will familiarize with the better known organs and institutions of American foreign policy.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing the course,

·         Students will become familiar with the major points in international diplomatic history since World War II

·         Students will be able to discuss and evaluate contemporary foreign policy issues.

·         Students will be able to trace how foreign policy decisions are made in the US governmental system.  

·         Students will display a familiarity with the major types of professional writing

·         Students will develop skills of presentation and performance.

·         Students will become familiar with the major institutions of discussion of international affairs   


Students with Disabilities

If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations, please see me as soon as possible during scheduled office hours.  In order to receive accommodations in this course, you must provide me with a Letter of Accommodation from the Disability Resource Center (2 Alumni Gym, 257-2754, jkarnes@email.uky.edu) for coordination of campus disability services available to students with disabilities.

Absence Policy

You must inform me in writing if you know in advance that you will miss an exam due to an excused reason such as: illness, serious illness or death in your immediate family, a University-sanctioned field trip, or religious holiday.  Excuses for missed exams will be granted as per University policy.

Academic Integrity

Per university policy, students shall not plagiarize, cheat, or falsify or misuse academic records. Students are expected to adhere to University policy on cheating and plagiarism in all courses.  The minimum penalty for a first offense is a zero on the assignment on which the offense occurred.  If the offense is considered severe or the student has other academic offenses on their record, more serious penalties, up to suspension from the university may be imposed. 

Plagiarism and cheating are serious breaches of academic conduct.  Each student is advised to become familiar with the various forms of academic dishonesty as explained in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.  Complete information can be found at the following website: http://www.uky.edu/Ombud.  A plea of ignorance is not acceptable as a defense against the charge of academic dishonesty. It is important that you review this information as all ideas borrowed from others need to be properly credited.

 Plagiarism includes reproducing someone elses work, whether it be a published article, chapter of a book, a paper from a friend or some file, or something similar to this. Plagiarism also includes the practice of employing or allowing another person to alter or revise the work which a student submits as his/her own, whoever that other person may be. Students may discuss assignments among themselves or with an instructor or tutor, but when the actual work is done, it must be done by the student, and the student alone.  However, nothing in these Rules shall apply to those ideas which are so generally and freely circulated as to be a part of the public domain (Section 6.3.1).


Books to Purchase:   

Fink, Caroline. The Cold War: An International History.  (Boulder: Westview, 2013). 

Leguey-Feilleux, Jean-Robert, The Dynamics of Diplomacy.  (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2009). 

A note on summer reading:  This syllabus assumes that you have completed the 2015 Patterson School Summer Reading List.  If you have not completed this list, you will do poorly in many of the key aspects of this course. 



Mid-term exam on the substantive material:  (30%)

Additional Assignments:  (7% each) 

         Quiz One (Week 2)

         Quiz Two (Week 3)

         Video Presentation (Week 4)

         PowerPoint (Week 7)

         Briefing Memo (Week 8)

         Summary Memo (Week 10)

         Backgrounder (Week 11)

         Quick Response/Twitter (Week 12)

         After Action Report (Week 13)

         Options Paper (Week 14) 


Week 1: (September 1) Introduction to Basic Professional Terminology


First: Marketing yourself and ideas.  Come prepared!   You are on an elevator with an individual who is in a prime position to give you your perfect job.  In three minutes, tell her why she should hire you and what you can contribute to the organization.  Be imaginative in thinking about the expertise and skills you can bring to the organization of your choice.  We will do some “interviews” in the big group, then break up into smaller groups so everyone has an opportunity to get hired.    

Second: In-class writing assessment.  Make sure to bring a laptop!


Forbes Elevator Pitch Builder

Shellenbarger, Sue, “Is This How You Really Talk?  The Wall Street Journal  (April 24, 2013.     

Farad Manjoo, “No More Bullet points, No More Clip Art: PowerPoint Isn’t Evil if you Learn How to Use It,” Slate, May 5, 2010.             

T.X. Hammes, “Dumb-dumb-bullets”       


Week 2: (September 8) How We Got Here, Part I


Quiz One


Fink, The Cold War, Chapters 1-5        

Leguey-Feilleux, The Dynamics of Diplomacy, Chapter 2

“Teaching the past:  1066 and all that,  The Economist  (April 13, 2013).


Week 3: (September 15, Professional Development Workshop) How We Got Here, Part II


Quiz Two


Fink, The Cold War, Chapters 6-10                

Robert D. Blackwill, “Afghanistan and the Uses of History,” Aspen Strategy Group. Aug 2010.


Week 4: (September 22) The Practice of Diplomacy I


Video Presentation: Prepare, on your own, a 4-5 minute oral presentation designed to convince your audience to read one of two books:  Angela Stent’s Limits of Partnership, OR Gary Bass’ The Blood Telegram. We will critique the presentation in small groups.


Leguey-Feilleux, The Dynamics of Diplomacy, Chapters 1, 3-6

Steven Aftergood, “Book Review: Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy,” Lawfare, April 3, 2014

Worth, Robert F., “Can American Diplomacy Ever Come Out of Its Bunker?”  The New York Times (Nov. 18, 2012)


Week 5: (September 29) The Practice of Diplomacy II


Recover from video presentations


Leguey-Feilleux, The Dynamics of Diplomacy, Chapts  8-12 , pp. 217-365

Protocol for the Modern Diplomat   

Cull, Nicholas J. “The Long Road to Public Diplomacy 2.0.  The Internet in US Public Diplomacy,” International Studies Review 15 (2013), 123-139.  

Robert Putnam, “Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games,” International Organization (Summer 1998)


Week 6: (October 6) International Relations Theories


Contemplate the Riddle of Steel


Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War: The Melian Dialogue

Hans Morgenthau, Six Principles of Political Realism

Michael Doyle, “Liberalism and World Politics,” American Political Science Review, (1986).    

Noam Chomsky, “Market Democracy in a Neoliberal Order: Doctrines and Reality, “ Z Magazine, November 1997


Week 7: (October 13) Bridging the Gap


Create a PowerPoint presentation analyzing the promise of and difficulties associated with developing a “capital tax” of the sort proposed by Thomas Piketty in Capital in the Twenty-First Century.


Ben Lindbergh, “Sabermetrics Gets Soft,” Grantland, August 19, 2014.        

Alexander L. George, “The Two Cultures of Academia and Policy-Making: Bridging the Gap,” Political Psychology 15 no. 1 (March 1994), 143-172

Stephen Walt, “The Relationship Between Theory and Policy in International Relations,” Annual Review of Political Science (2005), 23-48.


Week 8: (October 20, Patterson Fall Conference) Structure and Process of US Foreign Policy


Formal Briefing Memo Prepared for New Ambassador:

You are the assistant to Ambassador Zenia  (from a state of your choice).  You have just been appointed to be Ambassador to the U.S.   She is not acquainted with how foreign policy decisions are made in the U.S. Prepare a short brief memo in which you provide guidance for how decisions are made and where she should put her attention while in Washington DC.   (3 pages) 


Curtis A. Bradley and Trevor Morrison, “Presidential Power, Historical Practice, and Legal Constraint,” Columbia Law Review (May 2013).

Leguey-Feilleux, The Dynamics of Diplomacy, Chapter  7

Graham T. Allison, “Conceptual Models and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” American Political Science Review 63 no. 3 (Sept. 1969).

Marsh, Kevin, “Obama’s Surge: A Bureaucratic Politics Analysis of the Decision to Order a Troop Surge in the Afghanistan War,” Foreign Policy Analysis (2013), 1-24.  

Abrams, Elliott, “The Prince of the White House,” Foreign Policy (March/ April 2013), 64-70.  


Week 9: (October 27) Professional Writing


During the fall conference, you have taken good notes on one panel of your choice.  Bring to class a draft of a memo (2 pages) written to your boss who was unfortunately unable to attend the panel.   Bring two copies of your paper.  Final paper due Friday.


Kate Bateman, “War on (Buzz) Words,” Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland.    (August 2008)  

Central Intelligence Agency, Bestiary of Intelligence Writing

Rosa Brooks, How to Speak Policy Like a Beltway Native, Foreign Policy, July 10, 2015


Week 10: (November 3) Mid-Term Exam



Week 11: (November 10) Twitter, Facebook, and the New Journalism


Develop a list of 50 twitter accounts suitable for your interests. You will need to produce a press release and five tweets in response to hypothetical on a topic you will be given in class.  Final assignment due Friday.


Peter S. Goodman, “In Case of Emergency, What Not to Do: P.R. Missteps Fueled the Fiascos at BP, Toyota and Goldman New York Times (August 21, 2010).         

Heine, Jorge and Joseph E. Turcotte, “Tweeting as Statecraft:  How, Against All Odds, Twitter is Changing the World’ Second Oldest Profession,” Crossroads. The Macedonian Foreign Policy Journal.  III no. 2 (April-Oct. 2012),  59-72.

Glasser, Susan B., “Head of State: Hillary Clinton, the Blind Dissident, and the Art of Diplomacy in the Twitter Era,” Foreign Policy (July/ August 2012), pp. 75-84.  


Week 12: (November 17, Negotiation Simulation) The Backgrounder


Bring to class a Backgrounder.

 As a staff member, you are presenting a written backgrounder to the new head of European and Eurasian Affairs in the Department of State.  He has just spent ten year dealing with Latin America.    The backgrounder introduces the major relevant issues.   Bring two copies of your paper for peer review during class. Final paper due Friday



Negotiation Simulation Material


Week 13:  (November 24) Wargaming and Simulation


Write a short (2-3 pages), critical after-action report evaluating the tactics and strategies employed by your team during the Negotiation Simulation. Identify areas in which your team could have improved its performance, or used alternative strategies to achieve its goals. Due in class.


Igor S. Mayer, “The Gaming of Policy and the Politics of Gaming: A Review,” Simulation and Gaming 40 (6), 2009.

Scott Cole, “AFTERSHOCK in the Pacific,” Paxsims, July 24, 2015

Week 14: (December 1) Options Paper and Decision Memo Writing


Bring to class an Options Paper, based on an issue discussed by two or more of the following think tanks. Bring two copies of your paper for peer review during class. Final paper due Friday. 



Peter Singer, Washington’s Think Tanks: Factories to Call Our Own

Think Tank Ranking

Institutional Websites:

                   Council on Foreign Relations

                   Carnegie Council    

                   U.S. Institute of Peace

                   American Enterprise Institute

                   Heritage Foundation

                   Center for New American Security

                   Center for American Progress

                   Atlantic Council

                   Center for Naval Analysis


Week 15: (December 8) Grant Writing


Brainstorm ideas for grants relevant to your professional interests.   



Powerpoint:  Grant-Writing Basics: A Framework for Success” from UK Proposal Development Office

Kenneth T. Henson, “Debunking Some Myths about Grant Writing,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (2003)