International Diplomacy

International Diplomacy

Experience the life of a diplomat

At the National Student Leadership Conference on International Diplomacy program for high school students, you will discover the complexities of international relations as you live the life of a diplomat in the United Nations Security Council and tackle the challenges that face our world.

Program Highlights:

  • United Nations Security Council simulation.
  • Diplomatic site visits including an embassy, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Institute of Peace.
  • Guest speakers: Meet with diplomats, U.S. government officials and international policy analysts.
  • Optional New York Experience: Students may extend their program and travel to N.Y.C to visit the United Nations, Statue of Liberty and see a Broadway Show.

Interactive Career Simulations

The NSLC on International Diplomacy uses an interactive approach to learning that gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the challenging complexities of world affairs. You will step into the shoes of a delegate on the United Nations Security Council. You will need to advocate for your country’s interests as you negotiate resolutions to some of today’s most pressing global problems, including nuclear proliferation, conflict in the Middle East and children in armed conflict. Once you’ve mastered the art of diplomatic negotiation, you and your team will have the opportunity to create your own international system as you develop a country from the ground up, building the economic and social institutions that will give your country power in the international arena.

Meet Diplomatic Professionals

While at the NSLC you will meet with and learn from leaders in the diplomatic field. In past years, NSLC students have heard from special guest speakers including the Secretary of State, the President of the World Bank and Ambassadors representing countries all over the world.

  • Dr. Debrework Zewdie, Director, Global HIV/AIDS Program
  • Ambassadors to the United States
    • Afghanistan, Belgium, Colombia, Jordan, Finland, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Sierra Leone, Thailand
  • Mr. Robert Tschetter, Director, Peace Corps
  • Dr. Coleman McCarthy, Founder, Center for Teaching Peace
  • Dr. Richard Solomon, Director, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • • Mr. Folabi Olagbaju, Regiona Director, Amnesty International

College-Level Curriculum

At the NSLC’s youth leadership in international diplomacy program, you will enjoy college-level lectures on the basics of international relations. The lecture series will provide a foundation for success, not only during the conference but in your future career in international relations.

Topics include:
  • Theories of International Relations
  • International Organizations
  • International Law and Globalization
  • Refugees & Human Rights
  • Peace & Conflict

Leadership Workshops

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. From the beginning of your program you will learn to work as a team during an exciting Ropes Challenge Course. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the International Diplomacy program include:
  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Public Speaking, Negotiation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Intrapersonal Communication

Trips & Tours

An important part of the NSLC’s high school program for international diplomacy is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sight-seeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of International Diplomacy:

Washington, D.C.
  • The State Department
  • Foreign Embassies to the United States (Finland, France, Thailand)
  • U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Baltimore Harbor
  • Capitol Hill
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Historic D.C. Monuments at Night
New York Experience
(optional extension)
  • The United Nations
  • Ellis Island
  • Times Square
  • Rockefeller Plaza
  • Famous Museums
  • Broadway Show