Skip Navigation

NSEC612 - National Security and Diplomacy

Course Details

Course Code: NSEC612 Course ID: 3493 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the role of diplomacy in national security policy development and implementation. It investigates diplomacy as an element of national power and how diplomacy is used by senior diplomats and military officials who regularly engage in the international sphere. The course provides an overview of the history, development and trends in diplomacy, including methods of building relationships and cross-cultural norms and challenges of communication in the international environment, as well as the integration of traditional and public diplomacy with the other elements of national power. The basic organization and staffing of US Missions and Combatant Commands who are engaged in day-to-day diplomatic activities, the interplay between diplomacy and security, cross-cultural management and diplomatic signals and bilateral summitry are also investigated.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Discuss the inception of the term “national security” and the history of how the concept impacts American national security interests.

CO-2: Examine the historical conflicts which significantly impacted American national security initiatives and how it affects foreign diplomacy.

CO-3: Assess the relationships between nations and historical trends in the practice of diplomacy while evaluating the use of diplomacy by states to implement their national security strategies.

CO-4: Observe different types of diplomacy to include coercive diplomacy, public diplomacy, economic diplomacy, and military diplomacy.

CO-5: Explain the role and objectives of providing Foreign Aid for diplomatic missions in fostering diplomacy.

Discussion Forums – 20 Percent

Discussion questions will be provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings and respond to the assigned topic(s). Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:59 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:59 pm ET. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Research Question/Hypothesis Assignment – 15 percent

Literature Review & Theoretical Framework Assignment - 30 percent

Research Paper - 35 percent

All assigned readings are located under the Weekly Content in the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.