Dear all, Each year students at Santa Clara University, California participate in an internet based on-line diplomatic simulation focusing on Middle East conflict. Students here in California choose to represent countries of the Middle East involved in conflict: Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq. They do research using sources from the countries they represent available on our web site; write papers from the perspectives of those countries, then react to a scenario that projects conflict several weeks into the future. A major part of the simulation is the on-line participation of nationals from the Middle East who advise the American students about their foreign policy positions and help them decide their actions during the simulation. These advisors have come from Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran and Syria. Their participation has enabled the American students to achieve a greater sense of empathy with the Middle East countries involved in conflict. We have proposed to add a human rights element to the simulation. To do so, we seek individuals familiar with human rights monitoring, ethics or international law who can join us during our next simulation in March 2005. As an observer of the simulation, they would write brief, 2-3 paragraph statements that reflect the human rights implications of moves and policies pursued by various country teams during the simulation. These critiques would be posted on the web site, reminding students in the United States and in the Middle East that the strategies they choose and the decisions they make have profound effects on the lives and wellbeing of individuals. We would welcome the participation of anyone who seeks to educate students about the ethical, human rights consequences of Middle East conflict. If you seek more information about the project, please visit our web site at http://itrs.scu.edu/stover/ics_m or contact me, email@example.com Sincerely yours, William Stover, Ph.D. Associate Professor of International Relations ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education-na/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <email@example.com>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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