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Author Smith, Raymond F., 1941-

Title The craft of political analysis for diplomats / Raymond F. Smith
Edition First edition
Published Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 161 pages)
Series ADST-DACOR diplomats and diplomacy series ; v. 48
ADST-DACOR diplomats and diplomacy series ; v. 48
Contents Glossary of common State Department terms -- What is political analysis and why is it a craft? -- The objectives of diplomatic political analysis -- The audience -- The competition -- The analyst's personal toolkit -- The analytic tools -- Criteria for superior reporting: the State Department view -- Case study: the collapse of the Soviet Union (1): early embassy Moscow views -- Case study: the collapse of the Soviet Union (2): coup against Gorbachev -- The compass and the weather vane -- Technological change, the risk of irrelevance, and the continuing need
Summary 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. -- From publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Diplomacy -- Methodology.
Diplomats -- In-service training.
Political science -- Methodology.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1597977306 (electronic bk.)
9781597977302 (electronic bk.)