Leadership and Diplomacy is designed for students interested in studying diplomacy from a leadership perspective. The course examines the role of leadership in the evolution and changing nature of the diplomatic dialogue between states over the past century, concentrating on challenges for diplomatic leadership at this moment in history. These challenges include: great-power leadership, notably the special role of US leadership; changing diplomatic practices requiring leadership, such as the widespread use of
summit, conference, and public diplomacy; revolutionary and post-colonial leadership; individual leadership (the UN secretary-general) and moral leadership (Nelson Mandela); “middle power” and small-country leadership; regional diplomatic leadership; and, finally, non-state alternatives to state-based diplomatic leadership. The course will be useful not only for those students contemplating diplomatic and government careers, but also for those whose future work in business, the media, or the non-profit sectors will require interaction with foreign ministries, embassies, and international organizations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- display a sound general knowledge of some of the main ideas about diplomacy, especially its bilateral and multilateral forms, with an introduction to its transnational forms.
- understand the world of diplomacy and the leadership roles and activities of diplomats.
- enhanced verbal and personal communication skills through interactive discussion and debate.
- strengthen skills in analyzing the organization and conduct of power in contemporary international affairs through the lens of diplomacy and, therefore, to be able to better understand current events and policy concerns.
- demonstrate historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives on leadership and diplomacy.
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Three empirical Tests (three count) (30) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Mid-semester paper (20) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Final exam (take-home) (40) [LO 1,2,4,5]
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10 hours per week comprising a mix of in-class lectures, interactive tutorial discussions and exercises along with individual reading and assessment
Requisite and Incompatibility
Pauline Kerr and Geoffrey Wiseman (eds), Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices, New York, Oxford University Press, 2018.
Warren Bennis, “Understanding the Basics,” On Becoming a Leader, New York: Addison-Wesley, 1994, pp. 39-51
Corneliu Bjola, “Diplomatic Leadership in Times of International Crisis: The Maverick, The Congregator, and The Pragmatist,” The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, vol. 10, no. 1 (2015), pp. 4-9
Harold Nicolson, “The Ideal Diplomatist,” Diplomacy (first published in 1939), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969, pp. 55-67
Harold Nicolson, “The Transition Between the Old Diplomacy and the New,” The Evolution of Diplomacy (1954), New York: Collier, 1966, pp. 99-125
Kenneth M. Jensen (ed.), Origins of the Cold War: The Novikov, Kennan, and Roberts ‘Long Telegrams” of 1946, rev.ed., Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace, 1993, preface, pp. 3-31, 73-95
Prudence Bushnell, Terrorism, Betrayal & Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings, Potomac Books, 2018.
Geoffrey Wiseman “Distinctive Characteristics of American Diplomacy,” The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, vol. 6, nos. 3-4, December 2012, pp. 235–259.
Andrew F. Cooper and Jérémie Cornut, “The changing practices of frontline diplomacy: New directions for inquiry,” Review of International Studies, (2018), pp. 1-20.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3960||22 Feb 2021||01 Mar 2021||31 Mar 2021||28 May 2021||In Person||N/A|