Diplomacy in Practice: The EU & the World (3 credits)
The course will introduce students to the practice of modern diplomacy through case studies of global or regional crises and the European Union’s response to them. Students will learn how foreign policy is devised and implemented from the perspective of a professional diplomat.
The course will start with an introduction of the EU institutions involved in foreign affairs. Each class will then focus on a specific case study, including: the EU’s strategic partnerships, the migration crisis, the conflict in Ukraine, the Iran nuclear agreement, the Middle East, and Brexit. In each case, students will explore the interplay between the various instruments of foreign policy, including crisis management, trade, financial aid, humanitarian assistance, and public diplomacy.
Pierre Vimont is a Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe, and was the first Executive Secretary General of the newly-created European External Action Service (the European Union’s diplomatic service), from 2010 to 2015. Before that, he was the French Ambassador to the United States (2007-2010), and also served as the Permanent Representative of France to the European Union and as the chief of staff of the French Foreign minister (2002-2007).
Pierre Vimont's course, “Diplomacy in Practice: the EU & the World”, was one of the “Top Five” at the School of International and Public Affairs during Fall 2019. Based on student teaching evaluations, Prof. Vimont's course and teaching ranked in the top five – out of nearly 200 courses taught in the fall semester last year.
Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), Paris, 1977
Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Master in International and Public Affairs, 1971