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The Iraq War Simulation: An Experiment in Progress
Unformatted Document Text:  reasons). The simulation would still involve negotiations, as they all seem to do, but the SC would allow for more realistic aspects to be added that a purely student driven simulation would not have. Obviously all simulations have negotiations and some aspects of a SC, but mine would merely have more of the latter. The Setup I am planning to have my class (about 12 students per term) divided into three, main teams: American Leaders, Iraqi Insurgents, and International Actors. These would then sub-divide into respective “Actors” for each: American Leaders: President George W. Bush Democratic Nominee Barack Obama Republican Nominee John McCain Iraqi Insurgents: Shiite Militia Leader Muqtada al-Sadr Sunni Militia Leader Abu Sarhan “al Qaeda in Iraq” Leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi International Actors: British Prime Minister Tony Blair French President Jacques Chirac Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 9

Authors: Kolasa, Thomas.
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reasons). The simulation would still involve negotiations,
as they all seem to do, but the SC would allow for more
realistic aspects to be added that a purely student driven
simulation would not have. Obviously all simulations have
negotiations and some aspects of a SC, but mine would
merely have more of the latter.
The Setup
I am planning to have my class (about 12 students per
term) divided into three, main teams: American Leaders,
Iraqi Insurgents, and International Actors. These would
then sub-divide into respective “Actors” for each:
American Leaders:
President George W. Bush
Democratic Nominee Barack Obama
Republican Nominee John McCain
Iraqi Insurgents:
Shiite Militia Leader Muqtada al-Sadr
Sunni Militia Leader Abu Sarhan
al Qaeda in Iraq” Leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
International Actors:
British Prime Minister Tony Blair
French President Jacques Chirac
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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