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Strategic Thinking During Major Crises

November 23rd, 2015
At the beginning of the exercise, attendees formulate their strategy for the day. (Photo credit: Katherine Elgin)

A group of Woodrow Wilson School students took part in a crisis simulation in which “senior officials” across the Asia-Pacific region confronted two significant challenges: a clash between China and the Philippines brewing in the South China Sea and the prospect of serious instability on the Korean peninsula.

The simulation, organized by Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies (CISS), was oriented around the interactions between the United States, China, the Philippines, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

More than 80 participants – including Princeton undergraduate and graduate students, West Point cadets, Naval Academy midshipmen and students from Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology – played the roles of political and military officials from those five countries.

During the Oct. 18 event, participants had to negotiate diplomatic agreements, present public statements and work together to achieve varying political, military and diplomatic objectives. The simulation gave life to the myriad obstacles involved with crafting effective strategies in the real world. Adding to the realism, each student team was advised by a Princeton student or a visiting guest with real-world policy or military experience.

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