363-1050-00L  Simulation of Negotiations: Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

SemesterHerbstsemester 2018
DozierendeM. Ambühl, A. Knobel
Periodizitätjährlich wiederkehrende Veranstaltung

KurzbeschreibungThe Global Studies Institute (University of Geneva) is organizing a simulation seminar on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons in collaboration with SciencesPo Paris, MGIMO Moscow and the Chair of Negotiation and Conflict Management (ETHZ).
LernzielStudents will have the possibility to participate in simulated diplomatic negotiations and to analyse and assess the negotiation logic behind the situation. During the course, they should gain insight into the negotiations between North Korea and the international community as well as negotiation techniques in general.
InhaltIn the lectures, students will be provided with basic information related to non-proliferation. The historical, military, economic (sanctions) and political dimensions, including the various treaties and existing agreements and their evolution will be analyzed. Students will as well participate in an introduction on negotiation techniques, particularly on the negotiation engineering approach. On the basis of the comprehensive analysis, negotiation scenarii will be developed and subsequently tested during a two-day simulation exercise. The simulation exercise will be prepared with the help of experienced negotiators and experts.

The simulation exercise is intended for Masters degree and PhD students. The course will be taught in English. The project is headed by Prof. Micheline Calmy-Rey, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva.

Students who wish to register for this course have to apply no later than 14 September 2018. Please send your application to Andreas Knobel: Link, additionally register in mystudies. (Technical note for the registration: All registered students will initially be placed on a waiting list)

The homepage for this course with more information is located at (ETH-login needed): Link.

Students from ETH Zurich, Sciences Po and MGIMO will participate in the seminar sessions via video conferencing. They will go to Geneva for the session scheduled on 26 October and for the simulation exercise on 29 and 30 November 2018.

GE = University of Geneva;
VC = Video conference (ETH main building: HG D22)

18 September | 10:15-12:00 | 1. Introductory session (VC)
25 September | 10:15-12:00 | 2. Introduction to the "Negotiation Engineering" method (VC)
2 October | 10:15-12:00 | 3. North Korea (VC)
9 October | 10:15-12:00 | 4. The crisis, geostrategic dimension (VC)
16 October | 10:15-12:00 | 5. The crisis, ballistic and nuclear dimensions (VC)
23 October | 10:15-12:00 | 6. The position of the European Union and other parties (VC)
26 October | 10:30-17:30 | 7. Special session on the method of negotiation engineering (GE)
6 November No session (study week)
13 November | 10:15-12:00 |8. Assessment of the situation in South Korea (VC)
20 November | 10:15-12:00 | 9. Preparation session for the simulation (VC)
29-30 November | 10:30-17:30 | 10. Negotiation simulation (GE)
4 December | 10:15-12:00 | 11. Debriefing and conclusion (VC)
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesEvaluation

I. Active participation in class (50%)

1. Attend all seminar sessions either in person or via video conference and actively participate in discussions.
2. Participate in person in the session of 26 October 2018 and in the two-day simulation exercise (29-30 November);
3. Do the required readings and regularly read international newspapers (e.g. Financial Times, The New York Times, The Economist, NZZ).

II. Texts to be submitted before, during and after the simulation (50%)

1. Before the simulation: Prepare a 4-5 page summary of your group's negotiating mandate, including a description of the positions of all the parties (group evaluation).
2. During the simulation: Draft and present an introductory and final statement (group evaluation).
3. After the simulation: Prepare a report on the negotiation outcomes to the organization, state or region you represent (3-4 pages) and a press release (max. 1 page). The report and press release are individually evaluated.