Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy

Upcoming Simulation
“An Israeli-Palestinian Agreement: The Day Before”
August 28, 2013

In light of the recent developments in the Middle East and renewal of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, The Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya, will be holding a simulation game “An Israeli-Palestinian Agreement: The Day Before” on August 28, 2013.

The goal of the simulation is to explore the political, regional and international conditions necessary to move the sides towards an agreement.

Senior policy makers, academic experts and diplomats will take part in the exercise.

The simulation findings and insights will be presented in a special Concluding Panel
at 19:00.

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Simulations Previously Conducted by the Unit

The Simulation Unit at IDC Herzliya has conducted several mega-simulations with top policy makers, experienced diplomats, representatives of the top echelon of the military and defense establishment, experts from academic, as actual participants in these simulations.

A Simulation on: The Potential Emergence of the Sinai Peninsula as a "Glocal" Terrorist Threat and the Security Implications on Israel and the Middle-East  September, 2012
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The multi-player, multiple-round simulation ran by the Simulation Unit in collaboration with ICT, has  examined the impact on Israel and the region of a major terrorist attack, originating from the Sinai, on Eilat, the response of Israeli government to such an attack and the response to the response by other players.
Key findings in the simulation, proved to be on target in the recent Israeli-Hamas campaign: 1. The fact that no other actor in the region joined militarily the Hamas-Israel conflict-restraint of other actors, as predicted in the simulation and pointed out in the story: http://www.jpost.com/defense/artical.aspx?id=285080
4. 5. The key importance of Egypt in conflict resolution and conflict management versus Hamas both were predicted BEFORE the recent campaign!  

A Simulation on The Isolation of Israel: The Challenge of De-legitimization - June 12, 2012

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The simulation examined the impact of extreme expressions of the assault on Israel’s legitimacy on Israel’s diplomatic and military range of maneuverability and on its relations with other relevant regional and international actors. As such, the simulation focused on the diplomatic and strategic dilemmas that surfaced among the different players represented in the simulation, and on the regional and international dynamics that developed as a result of interactions between them.  The roles of the various relevant state and not-state actors were played out in the exercise by former and current government decision makers, senior diplomats, military experts and senior academics. 

The simulation led to numerous important insights. For example, the prospect of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians led to a decrease in de-legitimization efforts, placing them on the sidelines of international attention. Similarly, Israeli avoidance of negotiations with the Palestinians tended to accelerate the assault on Israel’s legitimacy as well as efforts by the Palestinians to achieve unilateral declaration of an independent Palestinian state.

A Simulation on: A Palestinian State: The Day After - 27.1.2011
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The starting point of the simulation titled A Palestinian State: The Day After, was the declaration of the Palestinian state (1967 borders), by the Chairman of the PLO before the United Nations  and a request to become a fully acknowledged member.

The objective of the simulation was to find the best political option for each player and to examine the strategic maneuvering spaces and their implications in a dynamic process.

A Simulation on: Iran: The Day After - 16.5.2010 The simulation tested whether a new regional balance would be created, and if so, what could be done to prepare for this new situation. At the end of the exercise, a special panel was held to discuss and summarize the findings and insights gathered from the event. The simulation findings and recommendations were shared with senior decision makers in Israel and abroad. The simulation received extensive coverage by the international media, including MSNBC, the NY Times, Reuters, the Times of India, the Gulf Times, and the BBC.