DHP D206M: U.S. Diplomatic Tradecraft
U.S. Diplomatic Tradecraft is a 1.5 credit half-semester course designed to help students build the skills needed to succeed in modern diplomacy, including:
- Finding reliable sources of information on foreign events.
- Analyzing how various events affect U.S. foreign policy priorities.
- Writing for the workplace.
- Briefing high-level officials.
- Working with foreign interlocutors.
- Navigating the U.S. interagency.
The focus of the course will be the U.S. Foreign Service, but students from other countries are welcome, as is their input and comparison on practices in their own countries’ diplomatic corps.
The course will begin with a general overview of the history, structure, and culture of the State Department. The course will then move into learning and practicing the skills of a Foreign Service Officer, beginning with a writing and editing seminar. Students will be given regular short-term writing assignments. In class, students will analyze case studies and participate in role-plays, including an Embassy Modified Country Team and meeting with foreign diplomats.
The course will be taught by Ann Hardman, the current State Department Fellow at The Fletcher School.