Demonstrating the Complexity of International Crisis Management
The culmination of the Great Decisions program offers a role-play exercise where students serve as members of the National Security Council and work together to develop recommendations for an acting president regarding a timely, international crisis.
Participating high school students are given specific role assignments (e.g. Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, etc.) and are expected to prepare by reading a crisis briefing and researching their assigned job titles. To keep discussions challenging and lively all day long, a group of college student “troublemakers” is assigned to interrupt the National Security Council’s deliberation at the roundtable with surprising updates and curveballs.
The program is enriched with John Caulfield, former Chief of U.S. Interests in Cuba and Mary Avery, Minister-Counselor with the Department of State each acting as a U.S. President. Both have led enriching careers involving international issues and are able to share their experiences and expertise.
PAST TOPICS INCLUDE:
2013: Crisis in Mali
2014: Crisis in Syria
2015: Developments in Nigeria
2016: Crisis in the Middle East
2017: South China Sea Maritime Dispute
2018: Threat of North Korea Nuclear Capabilities
2019: Economic Crisis in Europe
2021: Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Southern Border
2022: A Threat to Taiwan