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DIPLOMACY GOVERNMENT AND LAW IN A GLOBAL WORLD

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Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

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Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy
The Raphael Recanati International School
 
Course Number 4732
Diplomacy Government and Law in a Global World
Final Assignment – Spring 2020-2021
Adv. Gil Avriel
 
 
Guidelines:
 
1. This assignment has three questions.
2. You are required to answer all three questions.
3. Distribution of grades: question one – 30%; question two – 40%; question three – 30%.
4. The final assignment should not exceed the length of five pages.
5. The final assignment will be presented in Time New Roman font size 12, aligned to both sides,
1.5 lines spacing, and 2 cm of each page margins. Pages should be numbered. Your answer should
be written using the “Answering Form” (enclosed below).
6. Important terms should be highlighted in bold + underlined.
7. Names of case studies discussed in class should be written in bold+ italics +underlined.
8. Please submit your final assignment in the form of WORD file, via the Moodle system only
Please save your WORD file under the following name: “Final assignment of (full name of student)
“Diplomacy Government and Law in a Global World (2020)”. Please leave the feedback form blank
right after the last sentence of your last answer.
9. Assignment is due via the Moodle system only no later than 31 of August 2020.
10. Extension will be granted via mail only upon request of the student.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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QUESTIONS
1. Question Number One:
(30 points).
 
A. Name of Case Study: “If You Want to Shoot, Shoot” – Obama’s “Red Line” That Wasn’t
(on Syria).
 
B. There are four mandatory materials for question number one:
 
1) The case study – An article from the Atlantic: “The Obama Doctrine – The U.S.
President Talks Through His Hardest Decisions About America’s Role in The World”
You are only required to read pages 1-18. (Attached + can be found on course Website”).
For those who choose to read it online can find the article here. You should read only
until the sentence “once mentioned to Obama a scene from The Godfather.”
2) YouTube clip titled “Obama’s “Red Line” That Wasn’t” from The Atlantic, can be
found here.
3) YouTube clip titled “The President Blinked”: Why Obama Changed Course on Syria
from the Frontline T.V show, can be found here.
4) The chart “What is the Problem”
 
C. The Question
 
It is August 2013 and you are a senior member of the US National Security Council at the White
House. The National Security Adviser (A.K.A your boss) informs you that nine days earlier in
Damascus, Assad’s army had murdered more than 1,400 civilians with sarin gas (a breach of
international law). He adds that “President Obama wants to see both of us in the oval office later
today in order to discuss the situation.” You are told that in that meeting the President would like
you to answer only one question: what are the problems in this case study? The National Security
Adviser reminds you that the President himself is a graduate of the course Diplomacy
Government and Law in a Global World, and he is using the chart “What is the Problem” in order
to analyze complex problems.
 
Based on the information provided to you in the case study, please select 10 items from the chart
“What is The Problem”. Items should be highlighted in bold + underlined. Regarding each item
please explain the problem that President Obama faces, using examples from this case study.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/theobamadoctrine/471525/

 
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2. Question Number Two:
(40 points)
Selected Case Studies:
 
“Kill or Heal”
The Deadly Choices of Dr. Anna Pou in Memorial Medical
Center New Orleans during
Hurricane Katrina
“It’s a Sensitive Investigation!”
Louis Freeh Director of the FBI
investigation of the Khobar
Towers terrorist bombing in
Saudi Arabia.
 
“Am I Part of the Cure or Part
of the Disease?” Jesselyn Radack Dilemma
relating to the court case of
John Walker Lindh (the
American Taliban)
 
 
 
Former Acting Attorney General
Sally Yates speaks on her decision
not to defend the President
executive order on travel ban
 
 
In the course Diplomacy Government and Law in a Global World we discussed several case studies
and analyzed the decision-making process of different characters. All the case studies are available
on the course website.
In the case study “Deadly Choices: Kill or Heal” we followed the deadly choices of Dr. Anna Pou
at Memorial Medical Center New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and discussed her actions in the
context of the Hippocratic oath of ethics taken by physicians. We also looked at contemporary
challenges faced by physicians in hospitals across the world during the Covid-19 pandemic and
focused on their heroic struggle to provide medical relief in spite of the limited resources.
In the case study “It’s a Sensitive Investigation!” we reviewed the challenges faced by Louis Freeh,
the Director of the FBI, during the investigation of the Khobar Towers terrorist bombing in Saudi
Arabia. We noticed how issues such as diplomacy, foreign affairs and Louis Freeh’s complex relations
with President Clinton interfered with his goal to peruse justice for the victims of terrorism. We also
discussed the values of public leadership and the meaning of professionalism.
 

 
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In the case study “Am I Part of the Cure or Part of the Disease?” we followed the ethical dilemma
of Jesselyn Radack, an attorney-adviser with the U.S Department of Justice Professional
Responsibility Advisory Office who believed that the US government was lying in court, and in
public, about the case of John Walker Lindh (American citizen captured while fighting alongside the
Taliban in Afghanistan in the months that followed 9/11 and brought to justice in the United States).
In part II of the case study we followed her intensive relationship with her boss at the office and the
course of action she took in order to address the challenge.
In the case study “Should I Stand or Should I Go Now?” we discussed different elements of former
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates speech at Harvard Law School about her decision not to defend
the President executive order on travel ban in the context of questions of leadership, ethics, values
and professional integrity.
A. The Question
This question has two parts:
Part A: Please select one of these case studies and explain what was the leadership challenge and the
ethical dilemma that the main character faced. Do you think the character demonstrated strong
leadership? Based on your judgement, did the main character understand the ethical dilemma well?
Explain.
 
Part B: Please read the following article “What to Do When Your Job Interferes with Your
Integrity” by Kitty Boitnott. The article is available here. Please review the following statement from
the article:
 
What is “integrity?” …when you feel that you are fully integrated with your words
and your actions. You don’t operate on the “do as I say and not as I do,” principle.
Your words have meaning, and your actions are in alignment with your words.
People see you as someone they can trust. They depend upon your stability and
your ability to see clearly the difference between right and wrong. “You are in
integrity with yourself when you can sleep at night with a clear conscience. When
you can look yourself in the mirror because you are honest and trustworthy, you
are in integrity”
 
Please select one of the case studies mentioned above and explain why this statement is relevant to
the main character in the case study you selected. In light of this statement, do you think that the main
character acted in full integrity? Explain.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/10/03/what-to-do-when-your-job-interferes-with-your-integrity/#75fdaac94ced

 
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3. Question Number Three:
(30 points)
 
The Question
 
Please read the following article “Crisis Management for Leaders Coping with COVID-19” written
by three professors from Harvard Program on Crisis Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of
Government.1The article can be found here.
 
According to the article, every significant emergency event is a fountain of issues, competing
priorities, questions, decisions, and tasks. Leading through an emergency event requires that the
issues be identified, the priorities clarified, the questions framed, the decisions made, and the
associated tasks directed and then carried out.
 
Based on the first part of this article, please explain why the professors from Harvard Program on
Crisis Leadership think that the leadership challenge that leaders face during the COVID 19 crisis is
so profoundly different than other emergency situations.
 
End of questions. Please use the “Answering Form” on the next page to answer the three
questions. The answering form in the form of a WORD File can be found in the course website. Your
answer should not exceed the total length of five pages. (please leave the feedback form blank right after
the last sentence of your last answer)
1 Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard, Arnold M. Howitt, and David W. Giles. 2020. “Crisis Communications for
COVID-19” (Program on Crisis Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, April 2020).
 
https://www.hks.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/centers/research-initiatives/crisisleadership/files/PCL_Crisis-Management-for-COVID_Web20200428.pdf
https://www.hks.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/centers/research-initiatives/crisisleadership/files/PCL_Crisis-Communications_Web20200427.pdf
https://www.hks.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/centers/research-initiatives/crisisleadership/files/PCL_Crisis-Communications_Web20200427.pdf

 
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ANSWERING FORM
Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya
Diplomacy Government and Law in a Global World
(Course Number 4732 Adv. Gil Avriel – Spring 2020-2021)
 
 
1. Answer to question number one:
 
2. Answer to question number two:
 
3. Answer to question number three:
 
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Assignment Feedback (please leave this feedback form blank for me right after the last sentence of
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FEEDBACK ON FINAL ASSIGNMENT:
Parameters Assessment Parameters Assessment Parameters Assessment
Structure Relevant case studies Overall quality of answers
Methodology Implementing class discussion Overall quality of arguments
Clarity Proper and relevant examples Overall style
Flow Analysis of case study Overall sensitivity to ethics
Consistency Analysis of complexities Personal added value
Sharpness Analysis of conclusions Overall dealing with
complexities
 
GRADING SYSTEM: GENERAL EXPLENATION YOUR ASSIGNMENT
Tiers Verbal In Numbers Which Tier
Tier 1 Excellent 96-100 Within the Tier
Tier 2 Very good 95-86
Tier 3 Good 85-76 Assignment grade and final course grade:
Tier 5 Fair 75-66
Tier 5 Pass 60-65
Tier 6 Not Pass Below 60
 

 
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