Diplomatic Studies

The purpose of the Certificate in Diplomatic Studies is to enable students to acquire, through a concentrated and interdisciplinary group of courses advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of the institution and exercise of formal, or interstate, diplomacy. Its focus, in short, is on the diplomatic achievement of international agreement. The certificate encompasses the study of the historical evolution of diplomacy as well as the ways in which diplomatic concepts and methods are applied today -- by the U.S. government and by the governments of other countries, large and small, bilaterally as well as in multilateral settings across the broad agenda of current international relations. The certificate is intended to serve the interests of those planning, or continuing, careers in professional diplomacy, whether within ministries of foreign affairs or in international organizations, or for those having primarily a scholarly, investigative interest in the study of diplomacy.

In addition to four required core courses, on diplomacy, processes of international negotiation, and international organizations, the certificate requirement includes courses that will develop the student's specialized knowledge and competence, with a focus on a specific geographical area (see the "National and Regional Diplomacy" list) and on a specific functional field (see the "Thematic and Issue Diplomacy" list). The acquisition of practical skills, including proficiency in the use of relevant foreign languages, will be encouraged, in course work, through simulation exercises, at academic conferences, and when appropriate and feasible, in summer employment or internships. Altogether, eight courses are to be taken to constitute an approved individual program for the Certificate in Diplomatic Studies. Occasional roundtable discussions will supplement curricular offerings. The MALD thesis should be written on a topic which, though the substantive policy focus may vary with the subject matter being addressed, should expressly concern the history, theory, and practice of diplomacy, as conducted by states with other states, in international organizations, and within a wider global community that now includes active nongovernmental organizations as well as business enterprises and other influential non-state entities.

Required Courses

  • DHP D200: Diplomacy: History, Theory, and Practice or appropriate substitute
  • DHP D220: Processes of International Negotiation
  • DHP D221: International Mediation or D224: International Multilateral Negotiation
  • ILO L220: International Organizations

National and Regional Diplomacy

A selection of two courses dealing with the international relations of the United States, Canada, East Asia, the Islamic world, South Asia, Africa, Latin America, or Europe. The following courses are examples of those that may be selected for the Certificate in Diplomatic Studies:

  • DHP D203: U.S. Foreign Policy: Problems in Security, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law
  • DHP D260: Southwest Asia: History, Culture, and Politics
  • DHP D263: The Arabs and Their Neighbors
  • DHP D264: History of the Turks and the International Politics of Eurasia
  • DHP D265: The Globalization of Politics and Culture for Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • DHP D267: The Globalization of Central Asia and the Caucasus
  • DHP H200: The Foreign Relations of the United States to 1917
  • DHP H201: The Foreign Relations of the United States Since 1917
  • DHP P260: Islam and the West
  • DHP P262: Contemporary South Asia
  • DHP P272: Japan in World Affairs
  • DHP P290: Migration and Transnationalism in Latin America
  • DHP P293: Democracy and State Reform in Latin America
  • DHP P297: African Communities in Crisis: Perspectives of War and its Aftermath

Thematic and Issue Diplomacy

A selection of two courses relating to "functional" subjects, including international communications, international public law, international economic relations, resources and the environment, international security and peacekeeping, human rights, global governance, and management of complex humanitarian and other emergencies. The following courses are examples:

  • ILO L200: The International Legal Order
  • ILO L201: Public International Law
  • ILO L209: Compliance and Exceptionalism in International Treaty Behavior
  • ILO L210: International Human Rights Law
  • ILO L214m: Transitional Justice
  • ILO L221: Actors in Global Governance
  • ILO L224: Peace Operations
  • ILO L227: Law and Politics of International Conflict Management
  • ILO L230: International Business Transactions
  • ILO L240: Legal and Institutional Aspects of International Trade
  • ILO L262: Foreign Relations and National Security Law
  • ILO L264: Non-Proliferation Law and Institutions
  • DHP D223: Conflict Resolution Theory
  • DHP P200: International Relations: Theory and Practice
  • DHP P219: Political Economy of Development
  • DHP P221: International Political Economy
  • DHP P222: Development Aid in Practice
  • DHP P227: Development and Conflict Resolution
  • DHP P229: Development and Human Rights
  • DHP P231: International Communication
  • DHP P240: The Role of Force in International Politics
  • DHP P241: Policy and Strategy in the Origins, Conduct, and Termination of War
  • DHP P245 Crisis Management and Complex Emergencies
  • DHP P247m: Contemporary Global Security: The Transatlantic Link
  • DHP P249: International Cyber Conflict
  • EIB E220: International Trade and Investment
  • EIB E230: International Finance
  • EIB E240: Development Economics: Macroeconomic Perspectives  
  • EIB B220: Global Financial Services
  • EIB B221: International Financial Management
  • EIB B284: Petroleum in the Global Economy

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