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About Future Diplomats PeaceGame

Each year, the PeaceGame brings together the leading minds in national security policy, international affairs, academia, business, and media to “game out” peaceful resolutions to serious conflicts. In so doing, the PeaceGame seeks to redefine how we think about conflict resolution and the possibility of peace.

Now the PeaceGame has engaged the next generation of foreign policy leaders at the Future Diplomats PeaceGame, a collaboration between the Foreign Policy Group, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy and Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Diplomatic academies from around the world are invited to nominate their most promising students to participate in this unique event.

Imagine what foreign policy would look like if world leaders approached the achievement of peace with the same energy, resources, and realism with which they approach preparing for wars. What if we viewed peace not just as the cessation of hostilities, but rather, deeper understanding and cooperation resulting from inclusive diplomacy?

The Future Diplomats are brought together in Abu Dhabi with leading experts and luminaries in the field of Diplomacy for three days of intensive training, cultural exchange, and a live simulation with an audience.

In the words of His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy: “The Future Diplomats PeaceGame serves as a powerful tool for helping trainee diplomats to understand the potential of diplomacy for maintaining peace.  It was also a great opportunity for participants from around the world to form lasting bonds with their peers from other countries.”

2019 Future Diplomats PeaceGame

Each year, FP, in collaboration with EDA, hosts an annual Future Diplomats PeaceGame to engage the next generation of foreign policy leaders in the art and science of peacemaking.

In 2019, participants played through a simulation highlighting a tense, regional crisis situation brought about by an escalating climate emergency. The scenario demonstrated ways in which climate change is exacerbating economic and security risks across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.