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Carroll University students attempt to resolve Middle Eastern conflict

November 15, 2013

Middle EastWAUKESHA, WIS.— Diplomats from 12 nations will convene to negotiate the complexities of the Middle East conflict. The strategic talks will be Nov. 23 and 24, 2013, with representatives from the United States, Turkey, Iran, Israel, Syria, Egypt and other key players in the region.

The site for this international forum will be the Carroll University Center for Graduate Studies, 2140 Davidson Rd. Students will take on the personas of the American president, Israeli prime minister, supreme leader of Iran and more, in a diplomacy simulation presented by Pax Ludens of the Netherlands. They will spend the weekend developing their negotiating skills while learning about the intricacies of the Middle East conflict.

Pax Ludens is an education and training organization that develops experiential learning programs to create new insights, develop skills and inspire behavioral change. Clients include government, defense, academic and commercial organizations. To learn more about the company, visit

Carroll is the first university in the United States to host Pax Ludens’ Greater Middle East Simulation, which was initially developed for the University of Amsterdam’s International School for Humanities and Social Sciences. Two Pax Ludens representatives will be on Carroll’s campus to oversee the simulation.

More than 20 students will dedicate an entire weekend to participate. In pairs, they will role-play the strategies and tactics from their country’s perspective as they attempt to resolve a yet-unknown situation. Students spent the semester conducting research on their assigned country and leader. The Pax Ludens reps will operate a cloud-based communication network that will ensure students stay in character and make the simulation as real as possible while also presenting obstacles for the teams to confront along the way. Journalism students will act as the international press corps.

This simulation is part of the International Security and Conflict course taught by Dr. K.P. O’Reilly, assistant professor of political science and global studies. For more information, contact him at 262.951.3008 or


Contact: Jess Owens 262-951-3104

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