The Collins Center Update, (CSL Issue Paper, Volume 11, Issue 1, October-December 2008)
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
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This year CSL continued to enhance its partnerships with Georgetown University and the George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service, part of the Bush Presidential Library at Texas AM University. The primary vehicle for these partnerships continues to be a strategic- level negotiations exercise conducted for Masters Degree students at each school. As in the past, the USAWCs International Fellows Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise served as the basis for these exercises. The event is a scenariobased diplomacy exercise, set in 2018 and focused on the determination of national objectives and the development and execution of negotiation strategies to achieve them. Students were divided into teams representing nations with competing interests and were required to attempt to negotiate toward the peaceful resolution of an unstable situation in the region of the South Caucasus. The teams engaged in an extended series of student-initiated bi-, tri-, and even multi-lateral negotiations in an attempt to resolve a complex long-term dispute between the countrys of Armenia and Azerbaijan over the region of Nagorno- Karabakh. At both schools members of their faculty served as mentors for the students, advising them on their positions and negotiation strategies. A CSL Control Team managed and ran both exercises. The Texas AM exercise was held in mid-October. Unlike Georgetown, where the exercise is an elective event, the program at the Bush School is included as part of the schools Masters of Political and International Affairs program. Forty-six students participated in a single-day version of the exercise. New this year was the assistance provided by the Army War College Fellows from the University of Texas, Austin, who acted as advisors to each of the student teams. This was a unique outreach opportunity that benefited both the officers and the Bush School students.
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