Pierre Vimont receives SIPA "Top Five" award

October 09, 2020

Pierre Vimont's course, “Diplomacy in Practice: the EU & the World”, was one of the “Top Five” at the School of International and Public Affairs during Fall 2019. Based on student teaching evaluations, Prof. Vimont's course and teaching ranked in the top five – out of nearly 200 courses taught in the fall semester last year.

“Diplomacy in Practice: the EU & the World” is sponsored by the European Institute, and is part of the activities of our Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. 

The course introduces students to the practice of modern diplomacy through case studies of global or regional crises and the EU’s response to them. Each class focuses on a specific case study: the EU’s strategic partnerships; its neighborhood policy; the migration crisis; the situation in Ukraine; the conflicts in the Middle East region (Syria, Libya, the Middle East peace process); the Iran nuclear agreement; and Brexit. In each case, students explore the interplay between the various instruments of foreign policy, including crisis management, defense and security, trade, financial aid, humanitarian assistance, and public diplomacy.

Pierre Vimont is a Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe, and was the first Executive Secretary General of the newly-created European External Action Service (the European Union’s diplomatic service). Before that, he was the French Ambassador to the United States.