Theory and Practice in Diplomacy: Simulation Exercise
UN special session on a Middle East Nuclear Weapon Free Zone
Instructor: Ambassador Dr. Sameh Aboul Enein (visiting professor and member of GSD Faculty)
The Geneva School of Diplomacy, under the supervision of Ambassador Dr. Sameh Abould Enein, conducted a simulation for a UN special session on nuclear disarmament in the Middle East. The simulation involved undergraduate students from the first year of the International Relations BA Program. The participating students represented countries and organizations that are most concerned with the topic. Represented countries and organization included the US, Russia, Egypt, Iran, Israel, the IAEA, and several other States that are usually present around the negotiations table whenever a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East is on the agenda.
During the simulation, the students had the opportunity to represent the foreign policy stance of their respective states and to engage with their counterparts in formulating a draft resolution that is aimed towards solving the issue at hand. Students were able to experience what its like to be part of an international conference, and to become familiar with the working atmosphere and procedures in UN sessions.
Please read Ambassador Dr. Sameh Aboul-Enein’s latest publication on the nuclear free zone in the ME, featured in the NATO Defense college (Rome) & the center for security studies (Zurich).