How do alternative forms of diplomacy - public, secret, in-person, and mediated - work? What does each achieve and under what conditions?
The simulation generates data by students teams representing 12 countries in negotiations for a Middle East Nuclear Weapon Free Zone. Students internalize domestic and international constraints, and then follow the norms of international diplomacy to mimic the global arena.
The content of public and secret messages, treaties, agreements, and the onset and duration of in-person and mediated diplomacy will be recorded with the help of online message forums, a microphone, and conference badges to track movement and face-time.
Research: Data generation. Proof-of-concept for future projects.
Pedagogy: Experiential learning about diplomacy, the Middle East, and nuclear arms control.
Collaboration: Bringing together Atlanta-based conflict and peace study scholars.