As the quality of the course and its outcomes are largely dependent on the comprehensive preparation of attending students, the delegates have to become familiar with number of complex areas. That is why we have prepared this videoguide package, consisting of 7 educational videos and serving as an essential reference for any delegate attending simulated negotiations. Each video deals with the particular issue, and should be addressed in the following order, as each is progressively more in-depth than the one listed before.
Video 1: Introduction to the course
Course Negotiations in Diplomatic practice is held annually at the Faculty of International Relations of University of Economics in Bratislava since 2008. The aim of the course is to create academic simulation of international negotiations in order to provide students with an opportunity to gain practical experience in the field of multilateral diplomatic negotiations, diplomatic protocol and application of foreign languages. The main role of the student attending the Course is to play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues using the policies and perspectives of their assigned country. In another words, it is a role-playing simulation which focuses on collaboration and consensus-building through discussion and debate.
Video 2: United Nations
The preparation must begin with an understanding of the functioning of international organization in which diplomatic negotiations regularly take place. The United Nations will serve as the benchmark for our simulated negotiations, as it is the intergovernmental organization gathering almost all countries of the world and dealing with the most important world problems. Therefore, this video is dedicated to the research of its history, structure, and operations.
Video 3: Understanding the topic and country
Once the delegate is assigned a country, the majority of the preparation time for the simulation will be spent researching the actual negotiation topics and the country’s position on those topics. Thus, third video will show us how to develop a basic understanding of actual topic on the agenda as well as the history, socio-economic and political situation and other factors shaping a state’s foreign policy. Familiarity with these areas will assist you in forming a consistent position paper.
Video 4: Writing position paper
The aim of the position paper is to reflect the perspectives of assigned countries on the topic at hand and the fourth video will show you how to handle their preparation.
Video 5: Public speaking
Negotiations are primarily an exercise in communication and public speaking is one of the most important skills you will use as a delegate. Therefore, fifth video will aim to teach students how to convey their member state’s positions, how to build consensus and formulate resolutions in front of the public.
Video 6: Rules of Procedure
In order to ensure efficient communication between delegations, it is extremely important that every participant of the negotiations has developed a deep knowledge of the Rules of Procedure. Sixts video will explain the rules in a simple way and show you when and how they should be utilized.
Video 7: Writing a Resolution
The culmination of your work for the entire course results in resolutions — written suggestions for addressing a specific problem or issue. The last video will show you how a resolution looks like and explain how to write one.
Project is implemented with the kind support of Tatra Banka foundation.