RANEPA students settle interstate conflict – in a business game
Students of the English-language undergraduate Global Governance and Leadership program at RANEPA Institute for Social Sciences (ISS) have participated in a business game on terrorist threats and antiterrorist policies in Central Asia.
Yekaterina Stepanova, a professor at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, delivered a course on terrorist threats and anti-terrorism policy for first-year students. During the semester, the participants studied the causes and prerequisites for the development of modern terrorism, analyzed the counter-terrorism strategies of international organizations and various countries, and tried to identify the features and prospects of international cooperation in the fight against global terrorism.
At the end of the course, the students were to play a business game on the Tajik-Afghan Crisis and Ways to Resolve It. They split into groups representing the interests of international organizations, countries participating in the conflict, observer countries and the media. During the game, the students held talks, trilateral meetings of the heads of state, and news conferences, trying to find the best ways to resolve the crisis between the two countries. The “media” group created an account on social media, where they posted a detailed coverage of the developments, published interviews and news about the parties’ positions.
As a result of the game, the parties succeeded in reaching a peace agreement. All the students performed excellently, demonstrating not only strategic thinking, but also the ability to build relationships and negotiate with opponents.