Courses

DHP D200 Diplomacy: History, Theory, and Practice

Diplomacy is one of the very constitutive “orders” of the international system, a mainstay of civilization itself. This course examines classical diplomacy and its evolution in the West, the “integration” of regional diplomatic cultures through the League of Nations and United Nations, the establishment of foreign ministries and bilateral embassies, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), the professionalization of diplomatic services, “summit” diplomacy and the use special envoys, diplomatic ceremony and protocol, the nuances of diplomatic language, public diplomacy and social media, educational exchanges and intercultural dialogues, engagement with non-state actors, and the question of the future of formal diplomacy in a networked global society. Alan Henrikson

DHP D285 European Union Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

With support from the European Commission, this course examines the EU's External Action Service - the overarching diplomatic service created by the 2009 Lisbon Treaty - and the Common Foreign and Security Policy. The coming years will be critical to both, as the EU tackles organizational challenges, while adapting to an evolving landscape―economic crisis, unstable neighborhood, and shift in power away from the West. In addition to a module taught by Fletcher's Europeanist faculty, the program includes seminars with EU leaders and experts, providing students with professional opportunities among EU institutions. Fall semester. Erwan Lagadec, Alan Henrikson, Michalis Psalidopoulos

DHP H200 The Foreign Relations of the United States to 1917

The history of American foreign relations from the Revolution to the First World War. The transformation of the former colony into a “world power,” noting the internal dynamics of this remarkable development as well as its external causes. The evolution of major U.S. foreign policies—non-entanglement, the Monroe Doctrine, the Open Door and Dollar Diplomacy—and the relationships of these policies to westward expansion, post-Civil War reconstruction, and industrialization and urbanization. The national debate following the Spanish-American War over “imperialism.” The leadership of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson and their contrasting ideas of American power, interest and purpose. Fall semester. Alan Henrikson

DHP H201  The Foreign Relations of the United States since 1917

The history of U.S. foreign relations from the First World War to the present day.  Woodrow Wilson and the Versailles Treaty. American responses to the Bolshevik Revolution, European fascism and Japanese imperialism. The presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Neutrality Laws, and U.S. involvement in the Second World War and major wartime conferences. The postwar “revolution” in American foreign policy—the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan and NATO. The conduct of the Cold War and the management of crises in the Caribbean and other regions. The Vietnam conflict, Nixon-Kissinger "Detente," the Carter Doctrine, the Gulf War and “New World Order,” 9/11 and the Global War on Terror, the Arab Spring, worldwide financial instability and the question of America's future global engagement. Spring semester.  Alan Henrikson