The 24-hour international crisis simulation exercise by the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce concluded this morning at 11, as graduate student diplomacy students and undergraduate journalism and multimedia students wrapped their respective roles.
This year, the simulation centered around nearly simultaneous terrorist attacks on Las Vegas’ Bellagio casino and upon resorts and beaches in Mexico’s tourist city of Acapulco. Teams portraying the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Mexican Army, the Mexican police, the Zetas drug cartel, the Northern Border Governors Convention and the Southern Border Governors Convention met on the 4th floor of the Patterson Office Tower to review the exercise — and reveal some traitors, moles and secrets of their statecraft.
The journalism and multimedia students provided coverage in real-time as events unfolded, staffing two multimedia Web sites, INN and Mexico National. Diplomats were led by Prof. Robert Farley and faculty of the Patterson School, while journalists were led by Prof. Kakie Urch and Prof. Scoobie Ryan.
About 40 diplomacy students and 40 journalism students participated in the event, which ran from 1 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Saturday in several campus locations.