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.