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Until the recent unauthorized release of thousands of classified State Department cables, public attention was rarely drawn to the frequently outstanding political analysis done by American diplomats abroad. The existing literature on diplomacy has heretofore been limited to memoirs of former diplomats and analyses of international affairs by diplomats, academics, and think tanks. The Craft of Political Analysis offers a fresh approach, one that provides a context for interpreting this embassy reporting and a guide to understanding the work that went on behind the scenes to produce it. Author Raymond F. Smith combines a practitioner’s personal view of what is required to do good diplomatic political analysis with his understanding of the social conflict and change that informed his work for the State Department. Smith clearly explains everything the Foreign Service candidate or professional, as well as the interested layman, needs to know about crafting political analysis, including how to write for the analyst’s intended audience, how to make best use of the intellectual and analytical tools of the trade, what happens when the analyst’s views differ from government policy, and why political analysis risks becoming irrelevant, even though it is still urgently needed. In addition, The Craft of Political Analysis for Diplomats features two case studies using legally declassified cables not included in the Wikileaks release. The first is built around four highly restricted Embassy Moscow cables on the collapse of the Soviet Union; the second includes two cables on the Arab-Israeli conflict that received the State Department’s highest award for political analysis. Selected for the Diplomats and Diplomacy Series of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) and DACOR, an organization of foreign affairs professionals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Glossary of Common State Department Terms
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Chapter One. What Is Political Analysis and Why Is It a Craft?
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Chapter Two. The Objectives of Diplomatic Political Analysis
  2. pp. 7-14
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  1. Chapter Three. The Audience
  2. pp. 15-24
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  1. Chapter Four. The Competition
  2. pp. 25-34
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  1. Chapter Five. The Analyst's Personal Toolkit
  2. pp. 35-44
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  1. Chapter Six. The Analytical Tools
  2. pp. 45-60
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  1. Chapter Seven. Criteria for Superior Reporting: The State Department View
  2. pp. 61-82
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  1. Chapter Eight. Case Study I: The Collapse of the Soviet Union: Early Embassy Moscow Views
  2. pp. 83-102
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  1. Chapter Nine. Case Study II: The Collapse of the Soviet Union: Coup against Gorbachev
  2. pp. 103-114
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  1. Chapter Ten. The Compass and the Weather Vane
  2. pp. 115-126
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  1. Chapter Eleven. Technological Change, the Risk of Irrelevance, and the Continuing Need
  2. pp. 127-136
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 137-144
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  1. Annotated Reading List
  2. pp. 145-150
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 151-160
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 161
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781597977302
Related ISBN
9781597977296
MARC Record
OCLC
966875429
Pages
174
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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