A Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) team - consisting of Emily Pehrsson, Dallen McNerney, and Connor Smith - placed second at a CIA Crisis Simulation Competition held at Georgetown University on November 3rd. The competition asks students to make sense of and prepare a briefing on an evolving international crisis, while CIA representatives tried to overwhelm them with new data and briefing requirements. Senior analysts from the Directorate of Intelligence, playing the role of Intelligence Community leaders, judged the teams on their analytical ability and acumen in responding to difficult questions.
This year's Crisis Simulation involved teams from American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Sweet Briar College, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, Washington College, George Mason University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Washington College took first place in the event.
The CIA Crisis Simulation is an outgrowth of a pilot project suggested and hosted by PIPS last year. The success of that pilot has led to an annual regional crisis competition.