Foreign Affairs students take a trip to the Council on Foreign Relations and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. They meet with Adam Segal (Director of Digital and Cyberspace Policy at the Council) and Gideon Rose (Editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine).
The setup: US and British nationals residing in Pakistan have joined the Haqqani network (a banned terrorist organization) in Waziristan. US intelligence reports that the group has set up near a hospital intermixed with non-combatants. Working as members of the White House, Defense Department, Justice Department, State Department and intelligence agencies, students strategize an engagement plan with the terrorist cell.
Prior to touring the United Nations building, Foreign Affairs focus students meet with representatives of the German and U.S. Mission to the UN to discuss their roles at the UN and the career paths that have led them into foreign relations.
Foreign Affairs students tackle a scenario based on the current situation in Syria, with the complexities involved between the major players in the conflict. Students act in roles on both sides and try to develop a plan to remedy the tension in the region. When 6 civilians are kidnapped in the middle of the night, the group must act quickly or face grave consequences!
Foreign Affairs students simulate the international response to a crisis situation — the crash (and leak) of an ExxonMobil oil barge off the coast of Venezuela — by taking on various roles in different governments, different government agencies, and the media.
Foreign Affairs students conduct a Model UN simulation to further discuss topics presented in the first few days of the program.
As an opening exercise, students in the Foreign Affairs Focus Program form a human barometer — a visual representation of their policy takes on a variety of international affairs, human rights issues, and nation rights policy initiatives.
At the Shubert Theatre, students showcase their talent and products of hard work in front of their peers and staff.
Students compete against their peers in a series of Olympic-style games.