The UN Security Council (UNSC) is an important institution in the global system of international relations. In this simulation game, the participants each represented a country delegation to the Security Council in a simulated security situation.
The simulation game was organised by the Student Affairs and Professional Development Office (SAPDO) of the College of Europe in Natolin, in partnership with Mohamed BOUABDALLAH, Head of the UNSC Unit of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of France.
This event was a practical experience for the students of Natolin. It was designed to provide a realistic and immersive experience of the workings of the Security Council - and during the simulation, students were divided into 5 delegations of each country with veto power: USA, UK, Russia, China, and France. The groups received instructions regarding a security crisis between two fake countries, who were on the border of war due to ethical conflicts.
The students each had an active role, achieving a feasible and negotiated agreement to stop the violence and guarantee a coordinated intervention in the invented region to reduce the tension and possibility of war. The event offered a valuable opportunity for participants to gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues facing the international community, and to develop their skills in diplomacy, negotiation, and consensus-building.
The College of Europe in Natolin is committed to providing innovative and engaging educational experiences that equip students and professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
About the speaker:
Mr Mohamed BOUABDALLAH, is a French career diplomat. He has been appointed Head of the Political Affairs Department at the United Nations Directorate of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in September 2019.
During his career at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served at the United Nations Directorate (2013-2016), with the Political Director (2015) and at the French Permanent Mission in New York (2011). He also served as a Cultural and cooperation counsellor at the French Embassy in Cairo and Director of the French Institute in Egypt (2016-2019).
Alumni of Paris Dauphine University (2001), Sciences Po Paris (2005) and ENA (Ecole nationale d’administration, 2012), he served in several European institutions such as the Delegation of the European Union in Belgrade (2002-2004) and the European Parliament (2006-2007) before joining the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as political advisor to the president of Essonne, a regional authority near Paris (2008-2011).
Parallel to his career, he has taught international relations as an adjunct professor at Sciences Po Paris and ENA. He co-authored an essay on international relations and diplomacy (Continuer l’Histoire, Fayard, 2007) with M. Hubert Védrine, former French Minister of Foreign Affairs and former diplomatic advisor of French President François Mitterrand. In his free time, he has engaged in social work, contemporary art and theatre and practices distance running.