At IPC and WDC, we view policy simulations as essential vehicles for training future international policy leaders. We support simulation activities within Ford School classes and as co-curricular activities on and off campus. Over the past few years, we have organized simulations on campus covering topics such as the North Korean nuclear crisis, UN Security Council deliberations over Venezuela, the humanitarian response in South Sudan, global migration flows, countering violent extremism, the East Asia Summit, and more. We have also supported student groups attending conferences such as the European Union’s annual Schuman Challenge.
This year, we are again pleased to offer a variety of ways for students to get involved in international policy simulations, on or off campus:
The Schuman Challenge
The Schuman Challenge is an annual foreign affairs contest for undergraduate students in the United States to present and defend transatlantic policy initiatives before transatlantic experts. Organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, teams of three undergraduates led by a faculty mentor compete on a different theme each year. Senior EU and US diplomats, famous reporters and think tank leaders judge the competition. Last year, more than 20 teams from 11 U.S. states and DC participated. This year’s competition is expected to be the largest Schuman Challenge to date and attract even more schools.
The 2020 competition focuses on EU and U.S. responses to China’s alternative models of governance. The stellar panel of judges includes Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent at CNN.
Three foreign policy-focused undergraduates are representing the Ford School in this year’s competition. Bryce Brannen, Molly Kalb, and Karuna Nandkumar will compete in a virtual competition at the end of October, led by Associate Professor Ann Lin. Finalists are invited to visit and discuss possible job opportunities at the State Department.
US Army War College: Simulation on the East Asia Summit
Ambassador Daniel Shields & Steven Hildebrand, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Strategist, Department of Strategic Wargaming, Center for Strategic Leadership at US Army War College will host this policy simulation on an International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise with a focus on the Covid-19 crisis and the South China Sea. Students will learn through the simulation about diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific and be tasked with using diplomacy to influence language in a simulated EAS Leaders’ Statement. This simulation is limited to 18 students.
Participating students are required to attend all sessions:
November 13 – Virtual, 8:30-11:30am
November 14 – Virtual, 8:30-11:30am
We may also hold an informal working session on the evening of November 12.
Interested students can sign up here.
2021 International Model NATO Conference
February 12 – 14, 2021 [Tentative]
The Ford School anticipates awarding funds to a group of six public policy students to participate in the 2021 International Model NATO Conference (https://internationalmodelnato.org/). This event will be held virtually.
Interested Ford students may submit funding applications via M-Compass:
In November 2020, IPC/WDC will provide additional information about this opportunity, including application requirements, eligibility and deadlines.
U-M is offering this opportunity as part of its Developing Future Leaders in U.S.-Russia Relations program.