Students to Gain Real-World Experience in Crisis Negotiation
Nine ambassadors and seven members of The University of Texas at Austin’s U.S. Army War College Fellows program will serve as mentors to 55 graduate students in a crisis simulation at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs on March 30 and 31.
Students will be broken into seven country teams representing various countries and political entities from around the world with an Ambassador to act as mentor and a colonel or lieutenant colonel to act as military advisor. They will be given a crisis scenario developed by the U.S. Army War College for use in its senior strategy seminar. Over the course of two days, the student groups must negotiate with one another in the simulation.
Ambassadors participating include: Ambassador Robert L. Hutchings, Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and former Ambassador-at-Large for Eastern Europe; Ambassador Bob Pearson, former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey; Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, former Ambassador/Special Negotiator for conflicts in Eurasia; Ambassador Jim Gadsden, former Senior Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York and former U.S. Ambassador to Iceland; Ambassador Tibor Nagy, former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia and Guinea; Ambassador Greg Engle, former U.S. Ambassador to the Togolese Republic; and Ambassador Ron McMullen, former U.S. Ambassador to the State of Eritrea and Diplomat-in-Residence at the LBJ School. Former United Nations Assistant Secretary General Gus Feissel will play the role of the UN special adviser.
Members of U.S. Army War College participating include: COL John Conway, COL James Winbush, COL Terrence Howard, LTC Scott Hubbard, LTC (P) Randy Murray, LTC David Dodd, and LTC Adalberto Morals.
The crisis simulation is one of many select LBJ School programs designed to provide students real world experience to complement their rigorous academic education.