The International Crisis Management Exercise is a scenario, role-play exercise that takes place on a Saturday during the spring semester. In this daylong simulation, students act as members of the National Security Council and work together to come up with recommendations for an acting President regarding a mock international crisis.
From the ten high schools participating in the Council’s educational program Great Decisions, a group of students are selected from each school to assume the roles of members of the National Security Council and represent different agencies or interests in the U.S. Government. Participation in this impactful and highly educational event is selective. Teachers choose their respective 4-6 participants based on their overall attendance and participation in the Great Decisions meetings during the past academic year.
The exercise simulates the U.S. Government’s handling of a mock international crisis. All events of the day will be fictional, but plausible. With Ambassador Nancy Soderberg and Admiral Jonathan Howe, USN (Ret.) acting as Presidents, students must work together to come up with advice and recommendations regarding various aspects of the international crisis.