Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
Co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy.
Co-editors of the book, “Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy,” Robert Hutchings, a visiting professor of public and international affairs at the Wilson School and Jeremi Suri, the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss their book at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2015 in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy.
Drawing on deep historical research, “Foreign Policy Breakthroughs” aims to 'reinvent' diplomacy for our current era. The original and comparative research provides a foundation for thinking about what successful outreach, negotiation, and relationship-building with foreign actors should look like. Instead of focusing only on failures, as most studies do, this one interrogates success. The book provides a framework for defining successful diplomacy and implementing it in diverse contexts. Chapters analyze the activities of diverse diplomats (including state and non-state actors) in enduring cases, including: post-WWII relief, the rise of the non-aligned movement, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the US opening to China, the Camp David Accords, the reunification of Germany, the creation of the European Union, the completion of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and relief aid to pre-2001 Afghanistan.
Hutchings is the Walt and Elspeth Rostow Chair in National Security and Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and served as Dean of the LBJ School from 2010 to 2015. Before joining the school, he was Diplomat in Residence in the Wilson School, where he also served as assistant dean of the school and faculty chair of its Master in Public Policy program. From 2003-05, he served as chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council in Washington. His combined academic and diplomatic career has spanned fellow and director of international studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, director for European Affairs with the National Security Council, and special adviser to the secretary of state, with the rank of ambassador.
Suri a professor in the University's Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is the author of six books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. Professor Suri's research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America's "Top Young Innovators" in the Arts and Sciences. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media. Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs.
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