War on Peace The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (2nd 7 Weeks)
W 2019


The diplomat was not always an endangered species. Those who hold the profession in reverence point out that it once flourished, upheld by larger-than-life, world-striding figures whose accomplishments still form the bedrock of the modern international order. Stories of diplomacy are a part of the American creation myth. Without Benjamin Franklin’s negotiations with the French, there would have been no Treaty of Alliance and no naval support to secure American independence. Without Franklin, John Adams and John Jay brokering the Treaty of Paris, there would have been no formal end to war with the British. The list goes on.. until Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton. Diplomacy has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice.  Join us to learn the hows and whys of the decline as well as if diplomacy may now offer America a way out of wars.

Weekly Topics

Week One  Richard Holbrook, Afghanistan is not Vietnam Nam  Pages 0 -31 ; Diplomacy 101 http://blogs.shu.edu/diplomacy/

Week Two   Robin Raphael 1993 to Ramadan 2010   Pages 32 - 77

Week Three Farmer Holbrook,if he had lived.    Pages 78 -125

Week Four   One Death Matters   Pages 126 -164

Week Five   Consequences of Diplomacy Led by Soldiers and Spies  Pages 167 - 202

Week Six    Somalia, Egypt and Columbia   Pages 203 - 253

Week Seven  Tillerson  Pages 254 - 309;  Making the Case for Public Diplomacy http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/publications/making-case-us-public-diplomacy/

Analysis of Trump tactics https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-art-of-the-foreign-policy-deal-an-insiders-guide-to-trumps-tactics-1528657746

Analysis of hardball tactics http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-trump-trade-costs-20181011-story.html

Three Cheers for Trump's Foreign Policy: What the Establishment Misses https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2018-08-13/three-cheers-trumps-foreign-policy

Trump Reaches for Checkbook Diplomacy https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/10/08/trump-reaches-for-checkbook-diplomacy-to-counter-china/



Core Book: War on Peace, The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence,  Ron Farrow, Hardcover, 392 pages, W. W. Norton & Company

Other resources:
The New Diplomacy: Devising a Rational Model
The Journal of Diplomacy
Foreign Policy