DIP 700: Dynamics of Diplomacy
Fall 2016
Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Monday, 1-3:30pm
CB 245

 

Dr. Robert M. Farley
Office: POT 1177                                               
Office Hours: Monday, 9:30-11:30am
Office Telephone: 859-257-4668
E-mail: farls0@gmail.com

 

Introduction
DIP 700 is required for every student in the Patterson School 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.


Format
The first half of the course introduces the key academic disciplines:  history, diplomacy, political science, and economics, providing a theoretical and empirical foundation for further study. The second half of the course focuses on core skills.  The course aims to ensure that students’ basic speaking and writing skills meet professional expectations. The course integrates assignments and expectations into the fabric of Patterson’s fall semester co-curricular activities.


Student Learning Outcomes:
After completing the course,

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 else’s 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

A note on summer reading:  This syllabus assumes that you have completed the 2016 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. 

Grading

Mid-term exam on the substantive material:  (30%)
Additional Assignments:  (7% each)

In Class Writing (Pass/Fail; Week 3)
Quiz One (Week 4)
Quiz Two (Week 5)
Backgrounder (Week 7)
After Action Report (Week 8)
Briefing Memo (Week 9)
Summary Memo (Week 10)
Video Presentation (Week 12)
PowerPoint (Week 13)
Press Release/Tweets (Week 14)

Week 1: (August 29, Professional Development Workshop) Introduction
Task
First: In-class writing assessment. Make sure to bring a laptop!
Second: Professionalization Seminar

Reading
Summer Reading

Week 2: (September 5, Labor Day) How We Got Here, Part I
Task
First: Leisure
Second: Read about the Cold War

Reading
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 12, Professional Development Workshop) How We Got Here
Task
First: In Class Writing Assessment
Second: Professionalization Seminar

Reading
Fink, The Cold War, Chapters 6-10            
Robert D. Blackwill, “Afghanistan and the Uses of History,” Aspen Strategy Group. Aug 2010.

Week 4: (September 19) International Relations Theories
Task
Quiz One

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

Week 5: (September 26) Bridging the Gap
Task
Quiz Two

Reading
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 6: (October 3) Professional Writing
Task
None

Reading
Strunk, William. The elements of style. Penguin, 2007.
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 7: (October 10, Army War College Exercise) The Backgrounder
Task
Bring to class a Backgrounder.

As a staff member, you are presenting a written backgrounder (3 pages) to the new head of delegation for your negotiating team.    The backgrounder introduces the major relevant issues.  

Bring two copies of your paper for peer review during class. Final paper due Friday.


Reading
Negotiation Simulation Material

Week 8: (October 17) Wargaming and Simulation
Task
Bring to class an After Action Report.


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.


Bring two copies of your paper for peer review during class. Final paper due Friday.


Reading
Jones, William M. 1986. On the adapting of political-military games for various purposes. Santa Monica, CA: RAND.
Bracken, Paul, and Martin Shubik. 2001. War gaming in the information age: Theory and purpose. Naval War College Review (Spring): 47-60.

Week 9: (October 24, Patterson Fall Conference) American Foreign Policy Practice
Task:
Bring to class a Formal Briefing Memo.


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 Formal Briefing Memo in which you provide guidance for how decisions are made and where she should put her attention while in Washington DC.   (3 pages) 


Bring two copies of your paper for peer review during class. Final paper due Friday.

Reading:
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 10: (October 31) Practice of Diplomacy I

Task:
Bring to class a Summary of Meeting memo.


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


Bring two copies of your paper for peer review during class. Final paper due Friday.

Reading
Shellenbarger, Sue, “Is This How You Really Talk?  The Wall Street Journal  (April 24, 2013. 
Leguey-Feilleux, The Dynamics of Diplomacy, Chapters 1, 3-6
Worth, Robert F., “Can American Diplomacy Ever Come Out of Its Bunker?”  The New York Times (Nov. 18, 2012)

Week 11: (November 7) Midterm Exam

Week 12: (November 14, Middle East Institute Conference) The Practice of Diplomacy II
Task:
Video Presentation: Prepare, on your own, a 4-5 minute oral presentation designed to convince your audience to read one of two books:  Sarah Chayes Thieves of State OR Gary Bass’ The Blood Telegram. We will critique the presentation in small groups.

Reading:
Leguey-Feilleux, The Dynamics of Diplomacy, Chapters 8-12.
Cull, Nicholas J. “The Long Road to Public Diplomacy 2.0.  The Internet in US Public Diplomacy,” International Studies Review 15 (2013), 123-139.  

Week 13:  (November 21) PowerPoint
Task:
Create a PowerPoint presentation analyzing the promise of and difficulties associated with developing a multilateral program to attack corruption on a global scale.


Reading
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”       
Ethan Sherwood Strauss, “You Won’t Believe How Nike Lost Steph to Under Armour,” ESPN, March 23, 2016

Week 14: (November 28) Twitter, Facebook, and the New Journalism
Task:
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.


Reading
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 15: (December 5) Grant Writing
Task
Brainstorm ideas for grants relevant to your professional interests.

  
Reading
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)