DIP 700: Dynamics of Diplomacy

Fall 2017

Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce

Monday, 10am-12:30pm

BE 291



Dr. Robert M. Farley

Office: POT 1177                                                

Office Hours: Monday, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Office Telephone: 859-257-4668

E-mail: farls0@gmail.com




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.


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,

Š      Students will become familiar with the major points in international diplomatic history since World War II

Š      Students will be able to discuss and evaluate contemporary foreign policy issues.

Š      Students will be able to trace how foreign policy decisions are made in the US governmental system.  

Š      Students will display a familiarity with the major types of professional writing

Š      Students will develop skills of presentation and performance.

Š      Students will become familiar with the major institutions of discussion of international affairs   


Books to Purchase:   

Fink, Caroline. The Cold War: An International History.  (Boulder: Westview, 2013). 

Leguey-Feilleux, Jean-Robert, The Dynamics of Diplomacy.  (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2009). 

         Strunk, William. The elements of style. Penguin, 2007.

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. 



Mid-term exam on the substantive material:  (30%)

Additional Assignments:  (7% each)  

         In Class Writing (Pass/Fail; Week 1)

         Quiz One (Week 3)

         Quiz Two (Week 5)

         Briefing Memo (Week 6)

         Options Memo (Week 7)

         Video Presentation (Week 8)

         Backgrounder (Week 10)

         After Action Report (Week 11)

         Press Release/Tweets (Week 12)

         PowerPoint (Week 13)


Week 1: (August 28) Introduction


First: Marketing yourself and ideas.  Come prepared!   You are on an elevator with an individual who is in a prime position to give you your perfect job.  In three minutes, tell her why she should hire you and what you can contribute to the organization.  Be imaginative in thinking about the expertise and skills you can bring to the organization of your choice.  We will do some “interviews” in the big group, then break up into smaller groups so everyone has an opportunity to get hired.   

Second: In-class writing assessment.  Make sure to bring a laptop!


Forbes Elevator Pitch Builder

Summer Reading

Week 2: (September 4, Labor Day) How We Got Here, Part I


First: Leisure

Second: Read about the Cold War


Fink, The Cold War, Chapters 1-5       

“Teaching the past:  1066 and all that,”  The Economist  (April 13, 2013).


Week 3: (September 11) How We Got Here, Part II


Quiz One


Fink, The Cold War, Chapters 6-10               

Robert D. Blackwill, “Afghanistan and the Uses of History,” Aspen Strategy Group. Aug 2010.


Week 4: (September 18) International Relations Theories


Quiz Two


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 25) Professional Writing




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 6: (October 2) American Foreign Policy Practice


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.


Leguey-Feilleux, The Dynamics of Diplomacy, Chapters 1-6

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.  


Week 7: (October 9) Diplomatic Practice


Bring to class an Options memo.

Your boss (a US Congressman) is evaluating her stance on recertification of the JCPOA (the Iran nuclear deal).   Write a short memo (3 pages) explaining the deal and evaluating the options on recertification.  

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


Leguey-Feilleux, The Dynamics of Diplomacy, Chapters 7-12.

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 8: (October 16) Bridging the Gap


Video Presentation: Prepare, on your own, a 4-5 minute oral presentation designed to convince your audience to include a new book (of your choice) on the 2018 summer reading list.  


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 9: (October 23, Patterson Fall Conference) Midterm Exam


Week 10: (October 30) The Backgrounder


Bring to class a Backgrounder.

 As a staff member, you are presenting a written backgrounder to the new head of European Affairs in the Department of State.  He has just spent ten year dealing with Latin America.    The backgrounder introduces the major relevant issues.  

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


Negotiation Simulation Material


Week 11: (November 6) Wargaming and Simulation


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.


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 12: (November 13, Middle East Institute Conference) Twitter, Facebook, and the New Journalism


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.


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 13:  (November 20) PowerPoint


Create a PowerPoint presentation analyzing the future of US-China relation on social, political, and economic axes.


Shellenbarger, Sue, “Is This How You Really Talk?  The Wall Street Journal  (April 24, 2013.       

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 27) Grant Writing




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)


Week 15: (December 4) Wrap Up




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 elses 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).