Crisis Simulations

The Crisis Simulations are held once a year at a conference venue in the countryside outside Aberystwyth.

Our department was the first university in the UK to use crisis simulations and has been running them since the 1960s! The crisis games connect classroom learning with the real-world complexities of international politics. This is not a war-game, but an exercise in diplomacy, negotiations, and imaginative solutions. In recent years the Crisis Games have been based on the Mediterranean refugee crisis, nuclear testing in North Korea, the storming of the US Capitol and the Qatar World Cup, and the UK's decision to leave the EU. Students learn strategic thinking, negotiation skills, and teamwork.