Students Get Hands-On Lesson in Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
On November 13-14, SFS-Q and Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) hosted a two-day crisis simulation for students in Doha. The exercise, centering on a stalemate scenario between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, gave 21 SFS-Q students and a select group of local secondary school students the opportunity to explore the process and dynamics of conflict resolution and hone their skills in negotiation, diplomacy, and critical thinking. “This simulation helped me better understand what real conflict and negotiation processes feel like,” said Mohamed Abouzied (SFS ’13).
The exercise was administered by SFS-Q assistant dean of academic affairs Daniel Stoll along with James Seevers, ISD's director of research and Col. Bryan Fenton, an ISD Fellow. “We chose high-performing students from the two crisis simulations we conducted last year on issues related to the China-Taiwan relationship and nuclear weapons in North Korea,” explained Seevers. “Based on our experience with that group, we decided to try an even more challenging exercise this time around.”
The next crisis simulation exercise will be held during the spring 2010 semester and focus on a humanitarian emergency. Dean Stoll has high hopes for future sessions, believing that “this group of students was the most diverse we have had and the most talented. Despite their disparate backgrounds, they quickly blended into effective teams and did an impressive job representing the interests of their respective countries.”