Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2010



Course Number

DIPL 6196 AA

Course Description

Through a detailed investigation of a series of case studies, this course will take a close look at past efforts of the United States to manage relations with “enemies” or adversaries. The course will examine the different strategies Presidents have used to enter conflict or to “talk with the enemy” : Roosevelt’s 1933 opening of relations with the USSR; the decision at Munich to “appease’ Hitler; Truman’s decision to drop the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Nixon’s opening to China; the decision to Americanize the war in Vietnam rather than negotiate: the decision to invade Iraq in 2003 and the debates over US policy in Afghanistan and whether the US should talk directly with Iran The course will undertake some examination of how the US might deal with groups in the new paradigm of non-state actors such as Taliban, Hamas, and Hezbollah. The course will also seek to explore the various theories connected with decision making in analyzing historical events.