This IPE (Integrated Policy Exercise) will feature a crisis involving Iran's nuclear program. Participants will engage in mock negotiations in and around the UN Security Council to develop a swift international response to complex unfolding events. We will also host visiting experts for lectures and interactive sessions that delve further into some of the relevant policy issues. We have three main goals:
Build Knowledge. First, we aim to help participants build substantive knowledge.
- About International Institutions. We have chosen a scenario centered on the UN Security Council so participants can learn about the workings of one of the most critical institutions in world politics.
- About Key Legal & Political Debates. Iran lies at the heart of some of the most vexing problems in contemporary international law and politics, such as nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and resource competition. The IPE will encourage participants to reflect on key debates, such as the merits of sanctions and the right or duty to intervene.
- About Iran. Iran is a complex state with a large population, unique political institutions, and real development needs. The IPE will give participants an opportunity to think and learn about Iran's internal politics and regional relations.
Develop Skills. Our second goal is to hone policymaking skills. Participants will analyze a complex crisis from various angles, prepare talking points and oral statements, and draft textual provisions. We have deliberately selected a scenario that will engage the interests of diverse participants and require participants to apply two of the foundational arts of diplomacy: tough negotiation and principled compromise.
Cultivate Passions. Our third goal is to help participants explore thematic issues of particular interest to them. Iran's internal machinations and foreign relations raise issues across the policy spectrum -- such as human rights and refugee issues, environmental concerns, economic challenges, and military and intelligence matters. We have designed the IPE to draw attention to a wide range of policy issues of concern to diverse states, institutions, and NGOs.