The craft of political analysis for diplomats / Raymond F. Smith.
by Smith, Raymond F.Material type: BookSeries: Adst-dacor diplomats and diplomacy series.Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, c2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: xii, 159 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781597977296 (pbk.).Subject(s): Diplomacy -- Methodology | Political science -- Methodology | Diplomats -- In-service trainingDDC classification: 353.1/3270973
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.