United States Diplomacy Center

What’s a simulation?

A diplomacy simulation is a collaborative learning experience in which students step into the role of real-life diplomats. Within each simulation, there are five to six teams representing foreign governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international organizations, each with different perspectives and priorities. Under set time constraints, teams try to negotiate a peaceful solution to the crisis in the scenario.  Students develop their group's positions using information in the free downloadable simulation packet and defend or modify their choices in real time.

 

How can I use it in the classroom?

Our diplomacy simulations serve as excellent complements to lessons on history, international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and current events. They help students develop skills in critical thinking, teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving, persuasive communication, and global competence.

 

How do diplomacy simulations prepare students to succeed in the 21st century?

In today’s globalized world, analytical and interpersonal skills are increasingly important. Diplomacy simulations help prepare students to tackle complex issues together by developing the following 21st century skills:

  • Critical thinking:  Researching and defining a position on a foreign policy issue, adjusting this position as the negotiation evolves.
  • Collaboration:  Prioritizing goals and objectives, defining responsibilities within the group.
  • Problem-solving:  Creatively negotiating, compromising, and resolving conflict.
  • Persuasive Communication:  Active listening, team building, alliance-building, weighing different perspectives and points-of-view, and articulating a position and persuading others.
  • Global Competence:  Investigating a worldwide issue, appreciating different perspectives on that issue, finding opportunities to improve the situation, and taking practical actions.

How much does it cost?

Diplomacy simulations are free! All of the required materials are available for free download on our website. 

 

What materials do I need?

Our free simulation materials include teacher and student packets, name tags, stakeholder fact sheets, and tent cards. They can all be downloaded on our website. 

 

How many students can participate?

Diplomacy Simulations are designed for classes of 15 to 30 students. However, simulations will work as long as students can be divided into 5 or 6 teams.

 

What ages can participate?

Middle school, high school, college, and graduate-level students can successfully participate, depending on the simulation. See the Simulations Page for more information.

How far in advance do I need to prepare my students?

Most of our simulations can be run without prior preparation by students. See the Simulations Page for more information. 

 

Can I edit a simulation to fit my students’ needs?

Yes! Our diplomacy simulations are freely editable and in the public domain.

 

Who wins the simulation? What if there is no agreement at the end?

There are no winners or losers in the simulation. While consensus is the goal, a successful simulation may end in disagreement. More important than the end result is the process. By working in teams and negotiating with each other, students will practice critical thinking, teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving, persuasive communication, and global competence.

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