Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2011



Course Number

DIPL 6196 AA

Course Description

Through a detailed investigation of a series of case studies, this course will examine past efforts of President’s of the United States to manage relations with “enemies” or adversaries. The course will examine the different strategies used by Presidents to enter conflict or engage in diplomacy (“talking with the enemy”) and explore the various theories connected with decision making. The course will cover case studies ranging from Roosevelt’s 1933 opening of relations with the USSR and the decision at Munich to “appease’ Hitler, the decision to drop the Atomic Bomb up to present day debates over US policy toward North Korea, Libya, Cuba, and whether the US should talk directly with Iran The course will also consider how the US might deal with groups in the new paradigm of non-state actors such as Taliban, Hamas, and Hezbollah.