Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2015



Course Number

DIPL 6181 NA

Course Description

This course is devoted to examining statecraft: the design of strategies to achieve foreign policy goals; the choice of policy instruments within these strategies; and an assessment of their relative utility in achieving national aims. The course is designed to introduce you to the subject-matter and to help you design a foreign policy strategy for a designated country.

Throughout the semester you will simultaneously have to (1) read the assigned texts, (2) conduct research on foreign (and domestic) policy of an assigned state, and (3) gradually design a viable cost-effective strategy. In order to accomplish the task of designing a strategy we will devote the first part of each class to analyzing the assigned texts. The second part of the class will be devoted to applying what we learned in that class to your concrete case. Thus, you will not only have to closely read the assigned texts before each class but you will also have to know whether a specific goal is desirable/viable and whether a specific foreign policy tool is available and useful for achieving your country’s specific goal(s). I will assess your progress weekly because each week at least 30% of students will discuss their work, accomplishments as well as challenges.

We will closely read two books. Terry Deibel’s book offers a blueprint for crafting foreign policy. It focuses on US foreign policy but the author’s model is applicable to other countries as well. Vijay Prashad’s study analyzes the Global South’s post-World War II development strategies. It introduces the reader to South’s continuing attempts to make the global economic system more equitable and offers an explanation of the rise of the liberal international order.