Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - Sunday, June 24, 2012

European Academy Otzenhausen


The Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen?s University, in cooperation with the Universität Mannheim is holding its 7th International Crisis Simulation at the European Academy in Otzenhausen, Germany. Participants will be graduate students in international relations and related subjects, from European and North American universities.

Participants will represent decision-makers of various states, international institutions and NGOs, playing out roles according to a well-tested simulation model. Canadian and German faculty will manage and oversee the simulation and provide preparation and technical assistance.

Prior to the simulation itself, there will be a series of briefings by academics and government official on the history and current state of the situation in Libya. Materials to aid in preparation will be made available well in advance to all participants through a dedicated website. An excursion to NATO Headquarters in Brussels will provide participants with additional insights in positions and decision-making processes of NATO.

The scenario for the simulation will be based on the Libyan crisis as it evolved in 2011. The focus will be on the interaction between state actors and international organizations (IOs) and NGOs. The starting point will be the historical situation after NATO?s intervention and the European Union?s offer to protect the humanitarian mission under the aegis of the United Nations. The simulation will involve an incident which will require reactions by the actors involved, providing an excellent opportunity for experiencing the volatility of international crisis management.

The Centre invites graduate students who are interested in global governance, humanitarian intervention, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine, North African politics, and international relations to participate in the simulation. Some students may be able to integrate preparation for, and participation in, this exercise with the preparation of theses or other research papers. Participants will receive a certificate of participation.


Tuesday, 19 June: Arrival in Otzenhausen; welcome at 1700 hrs

Wednesday, 20 June: Conference on the situation in Libya

Thursday, 21 June: Visit to NATO Headquarters, Brussels, for briefings

Friday, 22 June-Sunday, 24 June: Simulation

Sunday, 24 June, 1400hrs: Departure from Otzenhausen


Participants will be responsible for the costs of travel to and from Otzenhausen, and a conference fee of ?300, which includes accommodation in a double residence room, meals, events and field trip to Brussels. Funding assistance will be available for those whose applications are approved.


To be considered for this simulation, please submit an application, which should include a covering letter, a resume, and the name and email address of a member of faculty whom we can contact. Email your application to cidp@queensu.ca by 15 May 2012.