The Department organizes annual international crisis games where students enhance their communication skills as well as learn about major international issues by playing real political actors. Students can take part in games that are organized for students, or can become co-organizers in games that are organized for high school students.
Aidana Aitbaeva's (ICP-118 student) article on Crisis in the Middle East:
On November 22-23, 2019, the Department of International and Comparative Politics in American University of Central Asia hosted the annual International Crisis Game. This year, students of AUCA, and also students from K. Sh. Toktomamatov International University in Jalalabad participated in the International Crisis Game. During the game, students analyzed the current situation in the Middle East and each team provided their visions and strategies for resolving crisis in the Middle East. After six rounds of the game, each team came to their conclusions and the results of their political game. At the end of the game, all students were awarded certificates, and gifts for active participation, and distinguished qualities.
Below are some views and comments of students who participated in the International Crisis Game:
Khiradmand Sheraliev, ICP-118, AUCA, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
“I would like to express my appreciation and pleasure to the ICP Department for conducting such a great international political activity “Crisis Game in Middle East”. This was one of the best activities in my academic life which allowed me to feel the responsibility and challenges most contemporary politicians carry on. Taking the position of the Russian president Vladimir Putin, participating in the negotiations with both my main alliances and rivals, experiencing quick and uneven political moves in the Middle East, keeping secret move and believing in my cooperators, listening to the breaking, fake news, and giving an interview were both quite challenging and enjoyable. Most importantly, I experienced for the first time the unusual atmosphere of political games and crisis. All these were very influential and progressive in my academic and personal skills”.
Monika Avakyan, Finance and Credit, International University named K. Sh. Totomamatov, Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan.
“As a child, I always wanted to be a politician. That was my childhood dream. Now, I study finance but I never forgot about my childhood dream. When I heard about the International Crisis Game, I was very happy and decided to try to take part in this game. Everything was amazing and great in this game. I was the president of China Xi Jingping. With the help of the Crisis Game, I learned a lot about the politics and position of China, diplomacy, and politics in general. Thus, the International Crisis Game somehow fulfilled my long-held dream and I tried myself in the role of politician. Thank you so much for giving me such an opportunity”.