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OADI 2065 - Applied diplomacy: Decision Making–Communication-Crisis Management

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The aim of the seminar on applied diplomacy is to familiarize students with the management of complexity in international affairs from the point of view of a practitioner. Participants will be invited to examine conditions, options and constraints of top-level decision making, communication and crisis management. As part of the exercise, students will simulate to act as junior members of a foreign minister's private office/cabinet. Current topics such as the global migration crisis, the Paris terror attacks or the future of Syria will be jointly analyzed with their respective domestic and foreign policy context. Who acts when and how? Which partners are available? How can national positions be brought into multilateral processes? How can leadership on specific issues be organized? Which obstacles/resistances have to be overcome? Students will be expected to contribute to discussions on the basis of decisions taken by national (parliaments, governments, voters) and international (EU, UN, OSCE, specific negotiating bodies) institutions as well as media reporting. Focus will be put on governance and management issues rather than in depth analysis of specific conflicts or crises.


PLASSNIK, Ursula (Ambassador)

Pedagogical format

The course will be organized in six sessions of four hours each (two plus two on two consecutive days). The three substantive dimensions to be addressed and analyzed are: decision taking – communication – crisis management.


Students will prepare several short (not more than one page) written papers (draft press release, national position paper, communication strategy, crisis management plan) in the respective context of the three clusters treated. Participation in class and written contributions will be assessed 50:50.

Required reading

Students are expected to read one national and one international newspaper of their choice on a daily basis.