Washington Center

21st Century Diplomacy: Challenges and Opportunities

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Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Semester Dates: 
January 7 to April 15, 2015
University of Pennsylvania
Semester Elective

Traditionally, Diplomacy has been defined as the conduct by government officials of negotiations and other relations. However, today’s world has myriad challenges which require an expansion of our understanding of what diplomacy entails. This course will provide an overview of the different types of diplomatic engagement that are being utilized by governments, multilateral institutions and other actors that impact international relations. It will consider what the goals of diplomacy should be in today’s interconnected world and what are the most effective tools to support our national security, foreign policy and economic interests. Along with an examination of traditional diplomatic tools, the course will also examine variations such as diplomacy related to defense, development and economic issues. Guest speakers with a variety of diplomatic experiences will provide a context for contemporary diplomacy.


Taught by Andrew Shapiro

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