Science Diplomacy Course – Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 edition of the “Science Diplomacy: Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean” course was co-taught by Prof. Berkman at the Fletcher School and by Professor Alexander Vylegzhanin at MGIMO University in Moscow via videoconference. The course featured a shared classroom environment where students from both countries can learn together and collaborate on projects.

Fletcher School students and Prof. Paul Berkman pose with their Moscow-based MGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) counterparts (as seen on the screen in the background) after a successful three day long Mock Arctic Ministerial negotiation exercise resulting in the Moscow-Medford Mock Ministerial declaration (Photo from the 2017 class).

The course involved a 3 days long negotiation simulation between the students at the Fletcher School and MGIMO University, epitomizing science diplomacy in practice. The negotiation simulation resulted in the signing of the “2018 Moscow-Medford Mock Ministerial Declaration”

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