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Students tackle Ukraine crisis in presidential simulation

Eight Elon University students participated on May 7, 2014, in the third Presidential Crisis Simulation hosted by the Politics Forum and Center for Leadership.

Students discuss the crisis in Ukraine with former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.

As the world tries to find answers for the crisis in Ukraine, eight Elon students attempted this week to tackle the crisis and find a few answers of their own.

Simulating the White House situation room, students taking part in a May 7 program organized by the Politics Forum acted in various senior administration positions while Professor Laura Roselle acted as the President of the United States.

Students were in for a surprise when former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who stepped down in February, videoconferenced in to advise the group. The team spoke with McFaul about how to best conduct diplomatic relations with Russia and what the group could do about the crisis in Ukraine. 

McFaul is currently a professor of political science at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He previously worked for the U.S. National Security Council as special assistant to the president and senior director of Russian and Eurasian affairs.

Toorialey Fazly '14 served as secretary of state, Ryan Finn '17 as secretary of defense, Stephanie Lamm '17 as senior advisor to the president for intergovernmental affairs, Steven Armendariz '17 as national security advisor, Laura Orr '15 as attorney general, Austin Rhoads '14 as chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, Jill Capatosto '14 as senior advisor to the president for communictions, and Lizzie Thomson '17 as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

This is the third Presidential Crisis Simulation co-hosted by the Politics Forum and Center for Leadership. 

Simulation staff featured Greg Honan '14 as crisis director, Julie Phillips '15 and Allison Gloninger '16 as assistant crisis directors, Cara McClain '14 and Ray Haack '14 as research directors, Mary Rouse '15 as White House chief of staff, and Alex Vandermass-Peeler '17 as White House deputy chief of staff.

Center for Leadership director Steve Mencarini assisted with design of the simulation and advised the group as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.


5/8/2014 11:10 AM