Model Diplomacy is a National Security Council simulation that engages students to understand the challenges of shaping and implementing foreign policy. With hypothetical case studies based on real-world issues and content informed by Council on Foreign Relations experts, Model Diplomacy is the most comprehensive and authoritative simulation program available. Students learn through a combination of independent research using multimedia resources and direct interaction with their teachers and peers.

Introduction to Model Diplomacy


Richard N. Haass explains how the need for greater global literacy prompted the Council on Foreign Relations to create this exciting classroom program. 

Learning Outcomes

Model Diplomacy delivers compelling interactive materials to meet a range of curricular goals. Instructors at universities, colleges, schools, and other educational programs around the world have successfully used Model Diplomacy to help their students better understand how U.S. foreign policy is shaped and the impact of the policymaking process on their lives; to promote critical thinking, writing, public speaking, teamwork, and problem-solving skills; and to enliven their classrooms with vigorous debate and active learning exercises. Every semester, thousands of students—from novices with no background in international relations to professional experts in foreign policy—benefit from the free resources that Model Diplomacy provides.


"The topical nature of the crises in the case library works extraordinarily well for courses dealing with current events. " — Dr. Nilay Saiya, "Review of Model Diplomacy," Journal of Political Science Education

Contributor Spotlight

John Campbell

John Campbell, CFR Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa Policy Studies, is the author of Boko Haram in Nigeria, a complex case study that challenges students to debate an array of conflicting options to address terrorism and human rights abuses. “Based on my thirty-three years of diplomatic experience, the Model Diplomacy exercise provides an accurate and realistic introduction into the way U.S. policy is actually made, warts and all,” says Campbell. “It also provides a deep dive into the complexities of the politics, economics, and religion in the most strategically important country in Africa, Nigeria.” Campbell also contributes his expertise to the Humanitarian Intervention in South Sudan case study.

Model Diplomacy Events

CFR Campus Programs

CFR Campus connects the growing Model Diplomacy community via meetings, special events, and conference calls.

Model Diplomacy at the College and University Educators Workshop

April 20, 2018

As part of the 2018 College and University Educators Workshop, Toja Okoh, Craig Albert, and Karen Lynden joined Daniel Kurtz-Phelan to discuss CFR and Foreign Affairs resources for the classroom, including Model Diplomacy, World101, and the Academic Conference Call series.

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Teaching With Model Diplomacy

April 21, 2017

Instructors Allison Stanger (Middlebury College), Earl Anthony Wayne (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), Alynna Lyon (University of New Hampshire), and Brandon Archuleta (United States Military Academy) discussed their experiences with implementing Model Diplomacy at the College and University Educators Workshop at CFR in New York.

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