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New Crisis Negotiation Class Offers Students Practical Diplomacy Skills | Summer 2017 A Term

April 6, 2017

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What happens when NATO allies come into conflict? Can diplomacy subdue the nationalist passions that have torn a country apart? Is the European Union (EU) capable of solving divisive territorial issues?

A new 4-credit summer course “Crisis in the Mediterranean: Nationalism Boiling Over” offered by the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) and U.S. Army War College will address these issues and seek a solution to the crisis using a simulation negotiation method taught to U.S. diplomats and military as part of their training.

UW and non-UW students at the undergraduate and graduate levels may participate.

Led by Jackson School Professor Robert Pekkanen and the U.S. Army War College Center for Strategic Leadership, students in this course will learn and apply skills in:

  • negotiation
  • crisis decision-making
  • leadership
  • teamwork

Participants will role play ambassadors on diplomatic teams, charged by their home governments with negotiating a solution advantageous to their national interests. They will also have access to advisors from Booz Allen Hamilton, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a former U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus and seven-time Ambassador Thomas Pickering, among others.

Dates: June 19 – July 19, 2017

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-12:20 and an all-day simulation on July 13 and 14

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About the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise 2017
A glittering jewel in the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus provides the backdrop for this simulation exercise. Just off the coast of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, the island nation lies at the crossroads of European and Middle Eastern civilizations, a location which forged its rich history and complex politics. Diplomatic negotiating teams seek to bring a lasting peace to the island, torn since the 1960s into antagonistic Greek and Turkish communities.

A key case for international conflict resolution itself, Cyprus also holds critically important lessons for those who hope to solve other territorial or ethnic conflicts. The struggle to fix Cyprus may impact the future of the European Union, while failure threatens to fracture the NATO Alliance. The stakes could not be higher.

Teams will be paired with a mentor, giving students the opportunity to work closely with top U.S. diplomats including former U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus John Koenig, business executives from Booz Allen Hamilton consulting, military leaders from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and UW faculty experts. U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering will play the role of United Nations Special Advisor on Cyprus. One of the most accomplished United States diplomats, Ambassador Pickering has served as Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, as well as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, Jordan, and the United Nations.

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