UNSC Simulation Games

KAS in collaboration with Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and CRISP had organized an UNSC Simulation Games for students. The simulation deals with the debate around the prolongation of the mandate for the UN Peacekeeping mission MINUSMA in Mali. Since its inception in 2013 the mandate has been prolonged on a yearly base with the current mandate ending on 30.06.2020. The participants took over the role of diplomatic representatives of the current UNSC member states and negotiated the conditions for a possible prolongation of the mission.


This Simulation was an approximate imitation of the operation of a process of drafting a resolution at UNSC. 16 team players represented for 16 countries who are permanent and non-permanent membership of UNSC. For this time, the topic of Mali's issues and the operation of MINUSMA was chosen to be of discussion and solutions.

This activity was designed to introduce simulation as educational tools for students to enhance their analytical and practical skills. It was aimed to put students in a choreographed scenario with concrete roles to play and specific purposes to complete. The students were expected to study and analyze the scenario by given materials and additional readings. Later on, they were pushed to play assigned roles and behave accordingly. Overall, the project was seen as a pilot step to introduce simulation as a means to develop students' skills, expertise and relational abilities.


Another outcome of the activity was to provide a tool for students to test whether concepts, models and theories learned by textbooks and during classes, would have concrete utility and help explain the realities. The simulation was designed to help students to understand how UNSC works and how members interact with each other.


This activity was co-initiated and co-organised by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, CRISP and the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, representing a joint effort to innovate teaching methods in Vietnam

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