Fall 2023  |  PA 5827 Section 001: International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (33807)

Class Component:
1 Credit
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Grad or Masters or Law
Times and Locations:
Second Half of Term
Fri 03:00PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 25
Sat 08:00AM - 05:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 25
Enrollment Status:
Closed (41 of 40 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
The course will enable students to engage in a simulated multi-party negotiation of a complex, high stakes international crisis with multiple players, focused on a future or current international crisis. It provides students across all degree programs the opportunity to participate in a dynamic, actively managed exercise in which teams attempt to negotiate a solution to a fictional future crisis based on current global realities. Students will be divided into six or seven teams representing countries or non-state actors involved in the crisis. A subject-matter expert (such as a retired ambassador) will guide the negotiations playing the role of a UN envoy. Each team will be mentored by a retired diplomat, military officer,or other experienced volunteer who will provide negotiating and strategic advice. A team from the Army War College, a leading institution in strategic exercises, will lead the exercise, providing structured input that gives students a realistic sense of how strategic actors must think and behave in crisis negotiation scenarios. Students are given course material in advance and meet with mentors to prepare for the exercise. A different international crisis is featured each year, and students are encouraged to participate more than once.
Class Notes:
Please direct requests for permission numbers or approval of class time conflict forms to Jon Olson at olso7935@umn.edu. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?olso7935+PA5827+Fall2023
Class Description:
Jon Olson was commissioned in May 1990 from the US Naval Academy with a BS in History. He spent 21 years on active duty with three years and 17 days at sea aboard aircraft carriers and large-deck amphibious assault ships. He participated in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation RESTORE HOPE, Operation JOINT FORGE, support for UNAMET in East Timor, and in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM - Afghanistan. Along the way, he earned an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies at the US Naval War College, as well as logged 35 parachute jumps as a US Navy Parachutist. After retiring in 2011, Jon returned home to Minnesota, earned a Master of Public Affairs at the Humphrey School while also teaching college courses on national security at Carleton College and Metropolitan State University. He continues to co-author national security thrillers with his fellow Annapolis graduate David Bruns, and Jon hosts National Security This Week each Wednesday morning on KYMN Radio.

Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 April 2023

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