United States Diplomacy Center

Practice Diplomacy

The U.S. Diplomacy Center has developed immersive education programs that teach about the world of diplomacy and the critical work of the Department of State.  These programs are designed to meet the U.S. Diplomacy Center’s goals of explaining the role of American diplomacy past and present and of inspiring young people to become the next generation of leaders and citizen diplomats.

At the heart of the U.S. Diplomacy Center’s education programs is the diplomatic simulation.  In this immersive exercise, students and teachers represent various stakeholder perspectives while engaging on a critical global issue such as the environment, the crisis in Darfur or HIV/AIDS. 

The goal is for participants to work together, as opposing countries with competing interests, to negotiate common ground and propose solutions.  The simulation engages participants in diplomacy and the work of the Department of State and inspires them to become involved.

The simulations are aimed to develop decision-making, problem solving, conflict resolution and negotiation skills, and allow students to grapple with vital foreign affairs topics.  The simulation experience helps students to understand how diplomats work multilaterally to tackle tough issues while bringing diplomacy to life and illuminating its influence across the globe.

Diplomatic simulation programs include:

  • Printed materials
  • On-site training
  • Digital Video Conferencing

The USDC also trains teachers to run the simulations in the classroom.

Currently available simulation exercises:

  • Crisis in Darfur: Negotiation a Solution
  • A National HIV/AIDS Program for Botswana
  • Oceans and Fisheries: Saving the Depleting Fish Population
  • Protection & Prevention: Minorities, Refugees & International Resolution

The U. S. Diplomacy Center education programs fill a need for civic education in the area of diplomacy by informing students of diplomacy’s role in our nation's history and relevance at home, at school and on the job.  Lesson plans are keyed to National Standards of Learning and emphasize 21st century skills that are also the tools of diplomacy: creativity and innovation; critical thinking and problem solving; and communication and collaboration.  These skills are keys to success for the next generation of global citizens.

Contact the USDC Education Officer at USDC@state.gov or call 202-736-9044 to schedule a diplomatic simulation.

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