The first weeks of the course will concentrate on the major components of diplomacy. Such sub-topics as diplomacy and foreign policy, the various techniques of negotiation, crisis management and the role of the international conference will be examined. During the following weeks a series of case studies will be offered dealing with topics that have been and continue to be of major international concern with a particular emphasis on some of the most recent disputes in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East within the context of unilateral and multilateral attempts to solve ethnic/religious conflicts, regional problems and outstanding territorial disputes.

The course is aimed at providing the graduate students with an understanding of statistics and data analysis for managers. The course objective is to teach “the methods to be followed after collecting data for a problem to be solved”. The quality of research decisions depends to a great extent on the information available to the decision makers. Data analysis transforms raw data into information which can help in this decision making process. A manager who lacks the analytic skills to obtain insights from the available data is very much like a general manager who does not know how to read the income statement for his/her company.