Diplomatic Protocol and International Negotiations

Course NameDiplomatic Protocol and International Negotiations
Course CodePOS511
DescriptionHow 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 anetwork 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 lecture or site excursion. 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 ofspecial interest to the course.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Have a stronger command of effective communication skills, in particular learning to understand “the other side” & voice one’s demands in a respectful manner;
– Identify several analytical lenses, through which current scholarship reads practices of diplomacy and negotiations;
– Understand the role of select formal and informal diplomatic institutions and initiatives;
– Have a clear understanding of the role of mediators and intermediaries in contexts of conflict/problematic coexistence.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS