Six Sorbonne Abu Dhabi Students Attend NATO Decision-Making Simulation
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Training program with 500 youths from 50 countries worldwide

Abu Dhabi, 14 November 2013 – Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) has delegated 6 of its students to Belgrade, Serbia this week, to attend the Serbian International Model NATO – SIM NATO 2013 Political Leadership for the 21st Century program, where students will participate in a NATO decision-making simulation training, in keeping with PSUAD’s politically-themed activities aimed to groom students as future leaders.
Prof. Eric Fouache, PSUAD Vice-Chancellor, said, “This year’s training program will simulate NATO’s Political Leadership Committee, and sessions will be conducted over a one-week period.” Fouache described the experience as essential since it helps young applicants understand how decisions are made in a setting that replicates NATO meetings and conferences in order to train young leaders who are capable of making decisions in the future.
“SIM NATO is a simulation exercise, with long-established praxis and worldwide tradition, where students participate in NATO’s decision-making process. NATO aims, through the program, to develop a new concept throughout which professional and academic specialization will be provided to students around the world. Over 500 students between the ages of 18 and 30, hailing from more than 50 countries worldwide, will attend and debate the main topic of this year’s simulation: Youth as Part of the New Political Leadership for the 21st Century,” he said.
Dr. Francois Xavier Romanacce, faculty member and head of delegation, noted that, “Youth as Part of the New Political Leadership for the 21st Century, or ‘The Summit’, features six different committees and is the largest decision-making simulation in the entire region. By participating in SIM NATO 2013, delegates will be able to analyze and observe how different factors on a different scale are fundamentally interlinked at the global level, resulting in various consequences as to crime, disarmament, politics, defense, security…that define the specific contents of the respective committees.
“Through a series of interactive exercises simulating the workings and internal decision-making procedures of the world’s biggest defense alliance, participants will have the opportunity to become acquainted with their specific missions, purpose, and areas of competence. By focusing on key security and defense issues, particularly in crisis situations, these simulations will provide valuable insights into both the capabilities and constraints that shape the policies of international security actors, plus the forms of cooperation and conflict that increasingly characterize global politics.
“Besides the professional part of the program, students will have the chance to explore Belgrade, Serbia, take part in various semi-formal and extracurricular activities, and build international relations and friendships with students from other delegations participating in the summit.”
Eisa Al Raeesi, head of the PSUAD Cultural and Student Life Dept., observed that delegating 6 PSUAD students to attend the NATO SIM 2013 training falls under the university’s academic and cultural activities. Indeed, students will engage in trainings on how NATO works and simulations of how NATO policies are shaped. NATO Public Diplomacy Dept. will deliver a wide range of activities and create fictional scenarios to involve trainees from member-states in discussions and decision-making.
“The program aims to educate participants on current events, topics in international relations and diplomacy, and NATO’s agenda. It allows them to play the role of diplomats representing their country at a particular session convened by a NATO committee on defense policy, planning, or perhaps the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council. The simulation will help them understand how decisions are made in times of crisis by exploring the issues at hand, engaging in informed debate, and conducting deliberations, before developing solutions to the world’s problems,” he said.