The Arab-Israeli Conflict Simulation (AIC) is a political and diplomatic character-playing exercise. Its purpose is to immerse participants in the dynamics of national and international politics — and thereby help them to become aware of the complex nature of political reality. AIC enables participants to experience actively, rather than observe passively, complex political activity. The goal is to make learning both profound and enduring.
You can view a series of videoclips designed to help teachers understand and use this simulation.
AIC has been the mainstay of the Interactive Communications & Simulations (ICS) program of the University of Michigan School of Education since ICS was founded in the early 1980’s.
The composition of the simulation currently encompasses 16 three-character teams. The key states and political organizations involved in the conflict are represented, including the United States and other UN Security Council permanent members. Depending on how many students are involved, and the curricular space a teacher can allot to the simulation, each school group is assigned a number of teams. Typically, anywhere from three to six students work together to represent one team. A staff of trained university mentors, under the supervision of the project directors, provides frequent updates, feedback and guidance to the teams.
All of the roles represented in the simulation are high level governmental or political figures and are current (or in a few cases, contemporary) office holders. Therefore, the simulation is based on the highly dynamic, and dramatic, context of the current reality.
How to Join
AIC runs twice a year, mid-September until early December and late January through April. To join us, sign up here.
- AIC Manual
- AIC Conversations: a series of videoclips designed to help teachers understand and use this simulation
- AIC Website (Character login required)