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RIBO LABASTIDA A. & WEILER Q. - Simulation Game : EU International Crisis Response (30h)

In this simulation exercise students will be confronted with the challenge to find a collective European response to two  serious security crises (thescenario). They will be playing a role either within an EU institution (the institutions) or in a national delegation (the delegations). In this role, students will negotiate a response to the crisis using the institutional framework and mechanisms provided by the Lisbon Treaty, building on established rules and practices in the field of EU crisis management (the structure). This negotiation will be held formally in meetings of the geographical Working Group (WG), the Political and Security Committee (PSC) and the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), and informally between those meetings during the week of the exercise (the process).

The outcome of this negotiation process will consist of four documents (the deliverables): 1) an Option Paper outlining the various options that might be considered to implement a comprehensive EU response to the crisis; 2) a Decision defining a Union action (Art. 25 TEU); 3) Council Conclusionsconcerning the crisis situation; and 4) a Press Release after the FAC meeting.

Decisions taken in the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy/Common Security and Defence Policy (CFSP/CSDP) are among the most political of all decisions taken in the EU. The negotiations of political and operational responses to a crisis are intense, complex and usually take place under immense time pressure. Students’ understanding of the mechanisms and dynamics that govern these negotiations will be greatly enhanced by their roles and the practical interaction in this simulation exercise, which also offer the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in other courses.

The simulation game will take place from 10 to 14 February 2020.

Professors: Alejandro RIBO LABASTIDA & Quentin WEILER