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Whatever Happened to Global Diplomacy?

April 20, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - April 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

In honor of Professor Michael Hunt

Older systems and methods of international diplomacy are giving way to a growing populist disdain for careful diplomatic negotiations. Complex problems are often reduced to superficial statements in the mass media or to simple tweets that ignore the history of past events. What has happened to the traditions of global diplomacy? This seminar will examine this question through the perspectives of leading historians and public policy scholars who will analyze past diplomatic strategies as well as recent changes in transnational exchanges. Does the decline of diplomacy create new international dangers?

Middle East Diplomacy in the 20th Century–A Global Prequel to Contemporary Problems
Sarah Shields, Professor of History

China’s Grand Strategy and the United States
Sara Bush-Castro, Lecturer in the Curriculum on Peace, War, and Defense 

EU Diplomacy: Post-modern Approaches in the Age of Trump
Robert Jenkins, Teaching Professor, Department of Political Science

Defense Diplomacy: Is the Pentagon the New State Department?
Patricia Lynne Sullivan, Associate Professor of Public Policy

Do We Need Diplomacy or Can Peaceful International Relations Survive Without It?
A panel discussion with our speakers

4:30pm-8:30pm Friday, April 20 through 9:00am-1:00pm Saturday, April 21, 2018. The tuition is $125 ($110 by January 18). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by January 18).  Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional dinner on Friday evening is $20.00.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 



April 20, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
April 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
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