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16 April 2013

Lynn University Model United Nations

So, there's no reason to revisit the value of Model United Nations (ok, I did a little...below). I'm also a little late in posting these pictures, however. Some of the GLOPO students participation in Lynn University Model UN back on 5 April. This was Lynn University's first year in offering a single-day, Model UN Security Council simulation for high school students. The GLOPO students represented the governments of Argentina, France, Morocco, and Rwanda. The topic for the simulation focused on humanitarian intervention and to what role, if any, should international organizations play in balancing the concepts of state sovereignty with that of human rights and the Responsibility to Protect.

  


What also made this simulation interesting for the class was that we really didn't have that much time to prepare. Students only had-after coming off of Spring Break, working out other topics in our course, and being busy 11th graders-only about 2 weeks to research their countries and the topic at hand. I actually prefer these topic-specific, single day Model UN experiences because it focuses students' attention and gives them a taste of a longer simulation, without being bogged down in 15-hour sessions with "rule hawks," or over-zealous chairs, or some of the darker sides of Model UN.

Lynn plans to offer a simliar simulation again in the fall. I suspect that we'll be able to bring a large cohort of next year' GLOPO Year 1 folks as well as some Year 2s who want to diver deeper into simulated diplomacy.

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