In Convene the Council, your students will take on the role of President of the United States and respond to world events with the support of their National Security Council.

In Convene the Council, students will learn to:

  • Address international crises through strategic action
  • Engage with members of the National Security Council 
  • Weigh various policy options 
  • Delegate action to appropriate government agencies and departments
  • Work to improve core metrics of U.S. prosperity, values, security, and world health

For English and Multilingual Learners: Use the support tool, Spanish translation, voiceover and glossary.

Teachers, check out the Extension Pack with activities and teaching tools to reinforce key game concepts.


  • Explain the basics of foreign policy–making in the United States
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of various foreign policy options in a variety of situations
  • Distinguish among foreign policy tools such as aid, sanctions, and military force
  • Evaluate the potential effect of economic, military, and cultural influence on other countries

This game was made in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, with support from The Peter G. Peterson Fund – New York Community Trust. 

For more global civics resources from the Council on Foreign Relations, explore: 

World101, a growing library of free educational resources that makes complex international relations and foreign policy issues accessible to all learners using videos, interactive maps, infographics, quizzes, and online teaching materials. 

Model Diplomacy, a free classroom simulation program that invites students to step into the shoes of decision makers on the National Security Council or United Nations Security Council to debate the world’s most pressing issues. 

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