On the 27th January The Diplomatic Hub held its first South China Sea crisis simulation in collaboration with the Security and Strategy Institute at the University of Exeter.
Students participated in a simulated crisis situation on behalf of the key actors involved in the South China Sea dispute. They played mid-level National Security officials faced with a sudden dilemma that needs a quick resolution taking into account other actors’ unilateral objectives and national interests.
The Diplomatic Hub invited Minister Counsellor Ulrika Funered to address questions on feminist foreign policy and Sweden’s role on the UN Security Council in 2017-2018.
The Minister Counsellor is stationed at the Swedish Embassy in London where she works as the Deputy Head of Mission, and was therefore able to shine a light on all these questions and more.
The talk was followed by a round of Q&A, as well as a catered reception where students had the opportunity to further talk with the Minister Counsellor.
Many questions were raised as a result of the unusual American Presidential election in 2016. For instance, what role will corporations, pressure groups and financial loopholes play in influencing the result of the election?
The Diplomatic Hub’s first event of the academic year sought to address these questions in a lecture and Q&A session with lecturer Dr Amy McKay.
Dr Amy has published a number of articles on lobbying in the U.S. In 2008-9 she served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, working for a U.S. senator on health reform legislation (Obamacare).