Most governments lie to each other. That’s the real world we deal with. Robert Gates, ex-Secretary of Defense
GOVT 342 –Spring 2015
Joseph F. Becelia: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office and Office Hours:
Robinson A, 218A, after each class and by arrangement
Berridge, G.R. Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, fourth edition -- The history, mechanisms, and methods of diplomacy.
Freeman, Chas. Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy -- Discusses diplomacy as an instrument of state power and a reflection of national interests.
Other readings are assigned. See class schedule that follows. Students must also keep well informed of current international affairs, which will serve as background for class presentations and exercises and will be included in tests.
Your attention is called to the following valuable resources:
1 GMU’s Writing Center for anyone seeking to improve drafting skills. http://writingcenter.gmu.edu
2) University Libraries: “Ask a Librarian.” http://library.gmu/mudge/IM/IMRef
3 Disability Resource Center. If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodation, please see me and contact the Disability Resource
Center (DRC) at (703) 993-2474. All academic accommodations must be arranged through that office.
COMMUNICATING WITH INSTRUCTOR
I encourage and welcome consultation with students. E-mail is a quick, reliable way to communicate with me. I will also transmit to the class important information by e-mail. Make sure you have a functioning GMU e-mail account. See http://masonlive.gmu.edu. Grades and other information will be posted on Blackboard.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND OBJECTIVES
This course will familiarize students with the craft of international diplomacy and the