Latin American Politics Class Conducts Simulation on Venezuelan Crisis
Dr. Jennifer McCoy’s Latin American Politics class conducted a four-week long simulation exercise on the U.S. response to a Venezuelan political and economic crisis, provided by the Council on Foreign Relation’s Model Diplomacy website. Students were paired in teams to role-play members of the U.S. National Security Council. After three weeks of preparation, they participated in a 3-hour simulated NSC meeting to advise the U.S. president on a response to a hypothetical scenario of Venezuelan debt default, economic collapse, refugee crisis, and political chaos. Students are simultaneously studying the real-time conflict and crisis in Venezuela in 2017 for which the hypothetical scenario is one possible outcome.