The practice of diplomacy is more important now than ever to help address and solve major disputes in today’s world. A world-wide pandemic, a resurgent and aggressive Russia, and a powerful challenge--in all aspects of DIME: Diplomacy/Information/Military/Economic--from China demand that diplomacy remains the preferred method of trying to address/resolve these problems. Additionally, the practice of diplomacy is just as important for addressing “day to day” issues around the world as it is for the next conflict/crisis/paradigm-shifting event.
What is diplomacy? Who actually “practices” U.S. diplomacy? What are the practical aspects of diplomacy that make up our routine interaction with foreign nation-states and other entities? The U.S. Secretary of State is certainly the face of U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy. However, it is the work that goes on behind the scenes at the mid and lower levels of diplomacy that directly supports the Secretary’s and the President’s foreign policy objectives.
This course, using in-class lectures and class discussions, is designed to provide you with a greater understanding of how day-to-day diplomacy is conducted by U.S. Foreign Service Officers from the Department of State and other entities at our embassies around the world. We will learn from former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and others about the state of World Order. We will take a look inside the structure of the U.S. Department of State as well as a U.S. Embassy and how it operates. We will look at major diplomatic challenges during recent and the current Administrations. We will look at the case for renewal of American Diplomacy. We will also look at the challenging process that one must undertake in order to become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer within the State Department.
|Dates||February 7 - March 19, 2022|
|Last day to enroll or drop without penalty||January 9, 2022|
This is a three-credit hour online course. Please see your local Site Director or email our online site coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Course Professor||Robert B. Andrew, Adjunct Instructor|
|Mailing Address||Dept of International & Area Studies|
|The University of Oklahoma|
|729 Elm Ave|
|Norman, OK 73019|
|Telephone Number||(405)-476-3241 (personal cell)|
|Professor availability||The professor will be available via email to students before and after the course. Office hours are by appointment only via Zoom, starting 30 days before class starts. All students should check their OU email/Canvas regularly 30 days before the course begins for communications from the instructor about the course.|
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Materials posted on the OU Canvas learning management system: Access Canvas at https://canvas.ou.edu, enter your OU NetID and password, and select course to access material. If you require assistance with Canvas, please click on the Help icon. You can search the Canvas guides, chat with Canvas support, or contact OU IT.
The professor may assign further reading during the course. There will be additional materials on Canvas.
All official correspondence from instructors will be sent only to students’ ou.edu address.
Upon conclusion of this course students will have gained an improved understanding and appreciation for the following:
1. How the practice of diplomacy works on a day to day basis in the current era.
2. The organizational structure of a typical U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Department of State.
3. Diplomatic history and world order.
4. Writing official State Department-like reporting cables.
5. The assessment process to become a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State.
There are three graded components to the course:
1. Class preparation/participation measured by online discussion topics. The instructor will post a discussion question in the Canvas Discussion section no later than each Monday (Feb 07 to Mar 07) corresponding with the reading content for the upcoming week. Students should analyze the question and write a thoughtful response to the question no later than the following Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. You are only required to answer 3 of 5 questions presented during the course. The objective of this assignment is to prompt you to engage the reading and provide your own independent analysis of the issue. Please use and cite the texts and/or article readings to support your answer to the discussion question. Discussion question responses should be approximately 200-400 words in length. To facilitate a constructive dialog among your fellow students, respond to three student posts with comments for each question you answer.
2. Two quizzes done in Canvas (see box below for dates).
3. Two written assignments submitted to Canvas. The First Written Assignment is a 3-5 page single-space reporting cable, approximately 1500-2000 words, similar to how actual Foreign Service Officers report on issues in their assigned countries back to the State Department, due as listed in the box below. Grading criteria for the second written assignment is: Summary (10%), Format (10%), Writing Quality (20%), Content/Facts (30%), Understandability/Flow (10%), Strength of Comment/Analysis (20%). The Second/Final Written Assignment is a second reporting cable also 3-5 page single space, approximately 1500-2000 words, due by as listed in box below. Grading criteria: Summary (10%), Format (10%), Writing Quality (20%), Content/Facts (20%), Understandability/Flow (10%), Strength of Comment/Analysis (30%).
Preparation and class participation as measured by online discussion questions will count for 30% of the course grade. Contributions to class discussions throughout the week—measured in terms of quality, not simply quantity, and especially thoughtful consideration of the assigned readings—are critical. The first quiz is worth 15% and the second quiz is worth 15% of the course grade for a total of 30%. The first written assignment is worth 20% and the second written assignment is worth 20% of the course grade.
Critical thinking and following instructions:
One of the most important lessons that you can learn from this course is to think about the issues that are being presented. Critical thinking and questioning of how things work in the diplomatic world are crucial to success, not only in this course, but in the real world of practical diplomacy. In addition, it is very important that you follow class instructions! Failure to follow instructions could result in lower grades.
This is a letter-graded course: A, B, C, D, or F.
Notice: Failure to meet assignment due dates could result in a grade of I (Incomplete) and may adversely impact Tuition Assistance and/or Financial Aid.
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Adjustment for Pregnancy/Childbirth-Related Issues
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Statement on Respect
The classroom should provide a safe learning environment where students can express their views without fear of reprisal. That freedom of expression must be balanced by demonstrated respect for other’s viewpoints and appropriate and reasonable sensitivity, especially within the context of scholarly disagreement. Disrespectful or uncivil dialogue (including, but not limited to, personal attacks, insults, or harassment) will not be tolerated.
It is important for students to be fully present during class to fully benefit from lectures, discussions, and experiential assignments. Class sessions may not be tape-recorded. All telephones and pagers should be turned off or placed on silent mode. Computers may not be used during class. Students who require an exception to this policy should discuss exceptional circumstances with the professor.
· 2002 Master of Arts in National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School
· 1989 Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, California State University, Chico
· Adjunct Instructor, University of Oklahoma (since October 2019)
· Foreign Policy Advisor for U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South in Miami, FL (2017-2019)
· Diplomat in Residence and Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma (2014-2017)
· Political Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden (2011-2014)
· Desk Officer for Sweden at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. (2010-2011)
· Political Affairs/Counter-Narcotics Officer at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica (2007-2010)
· Political-Military Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia (2005-2007)
· Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico (2003-2005)
· Operations Officer, Foreign Area Officer Training Program in Monterey, CA (2000-2002)
· Foreign Area Officer in training (1998-2000)
· Service Battery Commander, 2-82 Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX (1997-1998)
· Task Force Fire Support Officer 2-7 Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX (1996-1997)
· 1st Cavalry Division Artillery Assistant Fires Officer, Fort Hood, TX (1994-1996)
· Platoon Leader, B Battery, 5-17 Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK (1992-1994)
· Fire Direction Officer, Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (1-2 ACR), Bindlach, Germany (1991-1992)
· Fire Support Officer, B Troop, 1-2 ACR, Bindlach, Germany and Southeast Asian countries of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield/Storm (1989-1991)
· IAS 3003/5940 The Practice of Diplomacy
· IAS 3003 U.S.-Russia Relations
· IAS 3043/5803 Global Security
· Practice of Diplomacy
· American Foreign Policy
· U.S.-Russia Relations
· NATO-Russia Relations
· Latin American Political-Military Issues
· Arctic & Nordic Security Issues
· President, Norman Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America 2020-2022
· Vice President, Norman Rotary Club 2021-2022
· 2019 Rotarian of the Year, Doral, FL
· United States Marine Corps Commendation for Meritorious Civilian Service, 2019
· State Department Superior Honor Award for launching multi-million dollar Counter-Narcotics Program in Costa Rica, 2009
· State Department Meritorious Honor Award for streamlining end-use checks of exported potentially dual-use equipment to Russia to prevent the diversion of U.S. military technology, 2007
· U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal 2002
· U.S. Army Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device “V” for Valor 1991
· Liberation Medal (Kuwait) 1991
· Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) 1991
· Parachutist Badge, U.S. Army Airborne School, 1987