International Affairs

Students learn about the complex interactions that exist in our globalized world. They examine the evolution of diplomacy and international interdependence by looking at recent and historical global events.


Students grasp the nuances of diplomacy through this interactive lesson. They are called to decide which diplomacy tools work best in different situations. Students will develop an understanding of negotiation, sanctions, and other elements used in diplomatic relationships.

Conflict and Cooperation

Countries often work together to solve problems and fall into conflict when problems cannot be resolved. After learning about motivations and conditions that lead to action (or inaction), students analyze examples of international conflict and cooperation.

International Influence

Economic, cultural, and military influence are all critical in developing spheres of influence. Students explore international authority by following a Cold War case study, which will encourage better understanding of international persuasion.

International Organizations

Students compare the basic structure of several different international organizations before categorizing their work. Students also examine the local and global impact of international organizations.

Military Intervention

The situation in the fictional nation of Swurudi is descending into chaos. The president was recently assassinated and tribal groups are turning against each other. The world is watching and concerned that violence may spread. Should the international community send military forces to stop a potential genocide? Students must examine reasons and weigh evidence – and ultimately decide whether intervention is appropriate. Does intervention risk further violence? Do human rights trump national sovereignty? Your students decide in this Drafting Board issue!