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SITE OF THE MONTH: Case Studies in Diplomacy (


he Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at George-

town University, in cooperation with the Pew Research

Center, advanced the application of the case study method

of instruction to international affairs in the mid-1980s.

Based on the case study method used at business schools,

ISD case studies address the unique needs of the instruc-

tor presenting the wealth of themes and processes that

comprise diplomacy. They are suitable for students from

high school through graduate school.

Over the past six months, with assistance from


Contributing Editor Steve Honley, ISD has overhauled its

entire website, including the Case Studies page. Visitors to

the site—whether instructors seeking material for classes,

students or anyone interested in learning about the real-

world application of diplomacy in a host of arenas—now

enjoy access to nearly 250 cases. (Instructors who register

to join the site’s Faculty Lounge can download the case

studies free of charge; all other customers pay a flat $3.50

for each.)

Written by senior practitioners directly involved in

the events or academics well-versed in them, these case

studies tell compelling stories. But they also represent a

rigorous effort to bring the dynamics and nuance of diplo-

macy in action—its

successes and its

failures—into the

classroom. They can

be used either as

standalones or to

augment regular

course material.

In addition to background on the specific issue

or event, each case study offers detailed examination of

the key players and the challenges and options available

to policymakers. The structure for instruction can be

thematic, geographic or era-specific. Many of the cases

include teaching notes and other guides on their use.

Founded in 1978, ISD brings together diplomats, other

practitioners, scholars and students from across and

beyond Georgetown University to explore global chal-

lenges and the evolving demands of diplomatic statecraft,

to better understand the nexus of theory and practice, and

to enhance and expand an appreciation of the critical role

of diplomacy in national policy formulation and implemen-


—Susan Brady Maitra, Managing Editor

Alliance for Peacebuilding—predicts

that the increase in military spending

in lieu of development dollars will not

only result in the atrophying of the aid

agency’s effectiveness, but will also

come at an exorbitant cost (in both

monetary and national security terms).

The 17 goals include ending poverty in

all its forms everywhere; achieving gen-

der equality and empowering all women

and girls; ensuring access to clean water

and sanitation, as well as affordable and

clean energy; building resilient infra-

structure, promoting sustainable indus-

trialization and fostering innovation;

making human settlements inclusive,

safe, resilient and sustainable; protect-

ing, restoring and promoting sustainable

use of terrestrial and marine ecosystems;

and, strengthening and revitalizing

global partnerships.

—Maria C. Livingston,

Associate Editor

State Magazine

Going All Digital


n October, the State Department

stopped printing

State Magazine


Moving forward, the publication, which

has been issued for 68 years, will be all


With a total of 604 printed issues,


debuted in March of 1947 as

News Letter

from the Director General of the Foreign


A major goal of the transition is to

pursue greener publishing practices, in

line with the department’s overall effort.

According to


’s September issue,

each annual subscription consists of

242 printed pages; last year, a total of five

million pages were printed, felling 927

trees and releasing 322,941 pounds of

greenhouse gases into the air.

Online publication will eliminate

these environmental costs entirely, along

with the costs of printing and mail-

ing. Staff will be free to more effectively

employ multimedia elements, including

audio and video, for an interesting user


The October 2015 issue, and all

subsequent issues, can be downloaded

through the Apple App Store on iOS