Students get into small groups to work on a "power ranking" exercise where they have to rank people, companies, and countries in the order of what they as a group think is most powerful in the world.
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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.
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.
During a two-part trip into NYC, students in EXPLO Foreign Affairs meet with Julie Jolles, Political Advisor to the US Mission to the UN, who shares candid stories about her time in the US Embassy in Botoga and Paris, as well as the US Department of State. Afterward, she shares career advice to students: it's a lot of work, but you really can do this if you set your mind to it. In the second part of the trip, students tour the UN, visiting the UN Security Council room and even sit amongst the General Assembly.
After a very long night of emergency meetings and press conferences, students wrap up their simulation on Syria.
It's a new day and there's a new president in office. Press conferences are being held and Twitter has become a strategic weapon of choice.
Our foreign affairs students discuss world politics and amend documents through their roles as U.S. senators.