The course is designed to be an interactive experience to facilitate deliberation. This is principally what distinguishes our course from a series of ‘talks’. It ensures that there is a sufficient degree of interaction between the speaker and the participants. The structure of the course, and the flow of sessions, ensures that participants are constantly aware of the inter-relation between different aspects of foreign policymaking.
Our approach is to cut straight to core issues and empirical data in ways that are relevant to diplomatic challenges in the real world. Each module is envisioned to strike a clear balance among the dissemination of essential facts, description of overarching trends, and a focus on the broader significance of specific events.
Two simulations, detailed discussion of 2-3 cases and some interactive sessions on subjects like – ‘Vocabulary and grammar of diplomacy’ & ‘The role of ‘intelligence’ in diplomacy and foreign policy’, are designed to present a holistic view of how the MEA works. Our carefully curated concise readings for the course are aimed at providing a baseline understanding of key aspects, prior to the commencement of the course.