Diplomacy simulations are designed to help participants learn about diplomacy and international affairs, build global competence, and practice 21st century skills. In diplomacy simulations, participants step into the shoes of diplomats representing states, international organizations, and NGOs to try to solve a global issue based on real-world challenges. Participants are presented with a problem that must be solved, such as a border crisis, a conflict over fresh water resources, or global climate change policy. Participants are split into groups and role play as different stakeholders to try to find a peaceful solution to the issue presented. Diplomacy simulations are a great way to learn about international affairs and practice real-world skills such as public speaking, analysis, critical thinking, leadership, and collaboration. This month’s simulation will be about responding to a global health crisis.

To help participants learn about diplomacy and build skills that they can apply to their everyday lives. Participants will broaden their global competence, learn about how diplomacy is conducted, and understand the importance of collaboration, negotiation, and finding common ground. This activity will support the American Corner Pristina’s English Language Learning program as participants will get to develop their English public speaking skills as well as their ability to research, analyze, and synthesize information in English. This activity will also support the U.S. Embassy’s goals of Economic Development and Rule of Law. Participants will practice skills that will advance their professional development, such as public speaking, critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration, while also learning about the importance of diplomacy, international collaboration, and peaceful conflict resolution for creating a more just and equitable world.

Target audience: Youth in Transition (14-18 year-old high school students transitioning to higher education or the job market, and  18-23 year-old university students and youth transitioning into the job market) with intermediate to advanced English language skills.