Tue, Feb 18

POL 300-800, Global Diplomacy
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Housekeeping

Discussion

  1. How might a country's diplomatic style impact its effectiveness in negotiations? Offer some hypothetical examples to support your answer.
  2. Is social media a good or bad way for politicians to interact with the people? Provide an example to support your answer.
  3. Is the diplomatic style of an international institution more likely to hamper or facilitate a country's diplomatic effectiveness? Explain.
  4. Do you agree or disagree with Barston's position on (the changing nature of) summits? Why?
  5. To what extent, and in what way(s), does a country's government ("regime") affect its diplomacy?
  6. Is it better to gain consensus or to vote on an issue? Why?
  7. Why do you think consensus decision-making has been widely adopted recently despite its numerous limitations in practice?
  8. Generally speaking, which the "other diplomatic methods" would prove most useful? Why?
  9. Assume you are the leader of a new state. What elements, strategies, and techniques from this chapter would you like to incorporate into your country's "diplomatic style" and why?
  10. Drawing from this chapter, make some recommendations for the UK as it engages in post-Brexit negotiations.

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