May 18-20 , 2006
Yaroslavl, Russia
DEADLINE for Application: March 15, 2006

For many years, students in international security courses at major universities have participated in simulations of international conferences that deal with pressing contemporary security issues. During these simulations, students and professors have a unique opportunity to play the role of diplomats, policy experts, and heads of state. This year, the IDL Program will be conducting just such a simulation during the IDL Student Conference, May 2006

The IDL Simulation seeks to achieve the highest degree of realism and professionalism possible. Each university delegation of students will be assigned to represent a different state involved in the negotiations. Each team member will be responsible for a different area of expertise by representing that state’s relevant government department. Student representatives will be expected to comport themselves as professionals and as diplomats from their assigned countries, just as they would in a real negotiation. In the past, delegations have consisted of a delegation chair (usually the country’s ambassador), a security expert (usually representing the defense ministry), a technical expert, a business/economic expert, regional experts, and others. The sessions will follow formal rules of parliamentary procedure, and professional attire will be required.
At this time, it is planned that the IDL Simulation will center on a mock session of the United Nations Security Council, in which the Council will be called upon to endorse punitive measures against the Islamic Republic of Iran on the basis of Iran’s alleged violations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) (to be confirmed). The IDL Simulation will include meetings between state delegations and their heads of state, formal and informal negotiations among state delegations, and plenary meetings of the entire Security Council. Voting and negotiations will occur in real time, with a constantly evolving backdrop of breaking news and real international politics.

Although it is particularly helpful if a student has taken IDL 101, participation is open to any student who has taken an IDL course and who has not already participated in an IDL Student Conference. However, each selected student will be expected/required to familiarize themselves with the NPT Treaty, the current issues surrounding Iran’s conduct, and the international community’s response.

For those interested in applying, please check this site in January of 2006 for further application instructions, and contact your local IDL instructor. Final applications will be due March 15, 2006; selected students will be notified by mid-April.

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