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2021 Spring

DIPLOMATIC PROTOCOL AND INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS - IRS511 Spring 2021


Course
Lucia Najslova
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This course invites students to critical study of diplomacy as a set of relationships and a network of actors. Engaging analytical lenses from several disciplines including politics/IR, law, and anthropology, we will explore formats and constellations in which human collectives negotiate their coexistence.

How does a diplomat look like? What should a diplomat know? In a world in which everything seems negotiable, do we still have protocols? And how to explain that also unrecognized states have their ministries and ambassadors? This course invites students to critical study of diplomacy as a set of relationships and a network of actors. Engaging analytical lenses from several disciplines including politics/IR, law, and anthropology, we will explore formats and constellations in which human collectives negotiate their coexistence. Case studies will include the UN-level migration/refugee and climate pacts/agreements and the EU/EEA (dynamics between “eastern” and “western” members; Cyprus conflict; Norway). Students will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with practitioners via guest lectures. The sessions will go beyond discussion of readings. In group presentations and role plays, the students will be able to directly experience situations similar to studied cases. The goal of the practical training is to strengthen participants’ awareness of key dimensions of negotiations, including the role of listening, formulating one’s demands in a respectful manner and understanding purposes and tasks of mediators and international institutions. Practice of speech-writing and speech-making will be of special interest to the course.

 

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