MOISL Simulation Game 2016

Every spring, all students of the Master of International Security and Law (MOISL) programme participate in a simulation. Throughout the game, students apply their knowledge of international politics, law and ethics to a conflict involving a group of fictional countries. For two days, MOISL students act as diplomats and policy makers – learning about the challenges they will face in their future field of work.

By: Klara Hauberg Hansen

The simulation game marks the end of MOISL’s second semester and it gives students the opportunity to express their creativity and develop team-working skills. The game is interdisciplinary and based on MOISL’s mandatory second semester courses: New Wars and Conflict, The Laws of War, and Ethics of War and Peace.

Stabilizing the region of Midea Maa
In the game, each student plays a different role and has to navigate through difficult decisions affecting the security of the fictional region of Midea Maa as well as the prosperity and international status of different countries. The game is played over two full days and consists of four rounds. After each round, the organizers acting as ‘Game Masters’ provide a short news update so that every group knows how their country is doing and what other countries are doing.

“Some MOISL students have created what I personally feel is an amazing universe which simulates a group of countries. The countries are very similar to the real ones we have, but you cannot pin down and say this specific country is exactly like America.”

 -André Ken Jakobsen, Game Master

Each group of students acts for a country and is in complete control of what they want to do and how they respond to the different situations introduced by the Game Masters. In order to achieve success for their country all students must use their MOISL background knowledge about international politics, the role of ethical reflections and international law.

A Better Understanding of the Practice
M’Barka Daoudi is one of the MOISL students participating in this year’s simulation and she thinks that it is a good way for the students to apply their theoretical knowledge to lifelike challenges.

“You get a better understanding of the different countries and learn that some countries can do more because they have more resources than those countries with fewer means.”

M’Barka Daoudi, 2nd Semester MOISL student

Two full days of negotiation, deliberation, and management of new events and press releases are tough when you are not used to it. However, the opportunity to use a large part of the taught curriculum in practice is a fun experience.

“The time just flies away. My first thought was that the length of the game was insane! But it is fun and it is cool that we have a timetable so we always know what is happening next.”

M’Barka Daoudi, 2nd Semester MOISL student

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