POLS4918 Model NATO
FALL 2013 ~ Tuesday: 7:45pm – 10:15pm, 220 Shillman Hall
Professor Philip D’Agati
Office: 347 Meserve Hall Office Hours: TBA
The purpose of this course is two-fold. First, it is to familiarize the student with NATO, its purpose, and its role in the International Community and in European Affairs. The second objective of this course is to prepare the student to participate in simulations of the NATO Alliance. Preparation involves the student learning about a specific country that he or she will represent during the simulation, learning about and synthesizing that country’s policy on a specific series of topics, and learning how to be the most effective delegate in a room with students representing every other country in NATO.
There is no purchased text for this course.
Reading Packet (at bookstore)
New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, or similar
Complete copy of the North Atlantic Treaty (Available Online)
All necessary materials will be made available via Blackboard, in class, or in the library. This will include readings that are assigned as part of simulation preparation for each simulation cycle.
Brams. “Superpower Crisis Bargaining & the Theory of Moves” and “Epilogue.” In Negotiation Games: Applying Game Theory to Bargaining and Arbitration.
Keohane. “Cooperation & International Regimes.” In After Hegemony
Schelling “An Essay on Bargaining.” In The Strategy of Conflict.
Zagare “La Guerre Europeenne” In Games of July (AVAILABLE ONLINE through the Library)
Schweller, Randall. “Bandwagoning for Profit.” International Security Summer, 1994, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p72-107, 36p. (AVAILABLE ONLINE through the Library)
Mintz & De Rouen. “International Domestic, and Cultural Factors Influencing Foreign Policy Decision Making” In Understanding Foreign Policy Decision Making.
The University has very strict policies on academic dishonesty. Please be certain to familiarize yourself with these policies. A copy of them can be found at: http://www.northeastern.edu/osccr/academichonesty.html Any student found to be in violation of these policies may be removed from any competitive team that Northeastern University fields and may be referred to the Officer of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
Please be advised that, as this course involves your acting as an “official” representative of the
government(s) you represent, it is understood that you are able to use official government statements as your own verbally. In writing, you must indicate the individual or agency from which any such statement originates. It will be sufficient to state “My Government” in instances where you are restating official government policy, but not when using direct quotes.
Requirements, Attendance, and Fees
There are two fees for the course:
o Lab Fee*: $50.00, Due September 24, 2013
- Fees will be accepted late, but in order to cover costs associated with late fees, the fee will be increased $5 per week that it is late.
- Checks made out to Northeastern University, with NU-IRC in the “note” o Travel Fee**: $185.00, Due December 10, 2013
*Everyone pays this fee. Any student not paying the fee will be disallowed participation in conferences, at the discretion of the Instructor. Any student that does not pay the fee may receive an Incomplete or Failing grade, also at the discretion of the Instructor.
** Only those selected to travel pay this fee. In total, a student traveling with the program pays a combined fee of $225.00
Conference Participation in Tryouts, Saturday Practice & the NATO JCC*: 40%
Class Simulation Performance**: 35%
Class Participation & Attendance***: 25%
*All students are also required to attend the NATO/JCC Weekend (Dec 7, 2013). Lastly, those students selected for travel are required to fulfill all requirements of participation in the National Conference.
** All students are required to participate in the weekly simulation during class sessions
*** Active participation includes demonstrating that readings, research, and other expected preparation has been done by the student.
In order to earn full credit for conference participation, students will be expected to: Attend ALL sessions of the Conference
Actively participate and contribute to the debate
Adhere to University and UNA policies while at conference
Hand in all Paperwork required by the Conference or the Professor.
NERMAL: Northeast Regional Model Arab League Dates: Nov 1– 3, 2013
NATO Command & Joint Cabinet Crisis Weekend Dates: Dec 7, 2013
Students are expected to attend the following:
All weekly class sessions
All Sessions of NERMAL, & the NATO/JCC
NATO Tryouts: Attendance at 3 Tryouts is mandatory for travel consideration
September 10, 2013
General Introduction, Syllabus Conferences, Fees, Schedule
What was NATO?
Information Session: Srebrenica Massacre
September 17, 2013
Simulation: Srebrenica Massacre, pt. 1
September 24, 2013
Simulation: Srebrenica Massacre pt. 2
October 1, 2013
Simulation: Srebrenica Massacre, pt. 3
October 8, 2013
Info Session: NATO – EU Common Defense
October 15, 2013
Simulation: NATO – EU Common Defense, pt. 1
October 22, 2013
Simulation: NATO – EU Common Defense, pt 2
Saturday Tryout Debate: Simulation: NATO – EU Common Defense, pt. 3
- October 26, 2013; Time: TBA
October 29, 2013
Announce NATO Travel Team NERMAL Logistics
Introduce Charter Writing NATO Team Meetings
Info Session: Charter Reform
November 5, 2013
Simulation: Charter Reform, pt. 1
November 12, 2013
Simulation: Charter Reform, pt. 2
November 19, 2013
Simulation: Charter Reform, pt. 3 JCC Team Meetings
November 26, 2013
Simulation: Charter Reform, pt. 4
December 3, 2013
Simulation: Charter Reform, pt. 5 JCC Team Meetings
NATO JCC: December 7, 2013
United Nations Association Website http://www.mun.neu.edu/ Department of Political Science Website http://www.polisci.neu.edu/