Oral Roberts University Stages International Crisis Policy Simulation

Oral Roberts University (ORU) hosted an International Crisis Policy Simulation (ICPS) on Saturday, March 26, 2011. The event was an opportunity for students to test their skills in a high-pressure crisis situation on the world stage.

 In the simulation, students were given a nation to represent-the United States, a nation that is not an American ally, a nation that is an American ally, or a nation that has a moderate relationship with the United States. A terrorist attack occurred in the simulation that involved citizens of each of these nations. Students then had to make decisions based on events as they happened with different foreign policy objectives in mind. A faculty-led debriefing session was held afterwards where students saw how well they were able to meet their objectives.

"Crisis simulations are no stranger to academia," said Dr. Wendy Shirk, dean of the College of Arts and Cultural Studies. "Many government and diplomacy graduate schools have programs similar to ICPS that run simulations of possible world events to test students' ability to respond and to give them a taste of the pressure of making a decision in the heat of the moment. Instituting ICPS at Oral Roberts University gives our University an edge among undergraduate programs."

The program was led by both students and faculty and provided critical experience for students in several of the College of Arts and Cultural Studies programs including its government, international relations, international community development, public relations, and journalism degree programs.