Spring 2021 Crisis Simulation:

Managing Escalation in NATO

Part 1: April 23, 2021 | 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Part 2: April 24, 2021 | 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Location: Virtual (via Zoom & Blackboard)

With the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s role in the world under pressure in recent days, have you wondered how it would respond in a crisis situation? Join the Center for Security and Policy Studies (CSPS) for its Spring 2021 Crisis Simulation and put yourself in the driver’s seat as you help manage an escalating crisis involving NATO members. During Part 1, participants will observe a briefing on the crisis situation, receive an assignment to one of the country teams, and then establish specific objectives and a strategic approach with your country team. During Part 2, country teams will interact in three adjudicated rounds to attempt to de-escalate the crisis through diplomacy or military force.

Space is extremely LIMITED and will be capped at 45 participants, so register as soon as possible to ensure a seat at the table. The final day to register for the event is November 10.

PLEASE READ – ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: To participate in this event you MUST be a George Mason University student. If you register for this event using any e-mail domain other than gmu.edu (or masonlive.gmu.edu), your order will be cancelled, and you will lose your reservation.

Register HERE

For more information on the university’s COVID-19 response, please visit GMU’s website here.


About CSPS

Launched in 2014, the Center for Security Policy Studies (CSPS) advances the study of international security.  Through its research and extensive array of student programs, CSPS seeks to both generate creative solutions to today’s pressing security challenges and educate tomorrow’s security policymakers.

CSPS’s multidisciplinary faculty include experts in economics, history, political science and sociology, as well as a number of distinguished practitioners-in-residence.  Located on Mason’s Arlington campus, CSPS also provides unique access to a large number of defense and security experts, including current and former government officials, active and recently retired senior military officers, prominent think tank analysts, and world-renowned scholars.

Recent Faculty Appearances

CSPS Director Ellen Laipson joined  Jennifer Cafarella, National Security Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, on Voice of America to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the Middle East. An audio recording of the event is available here.