The simulation is very realistic because it goes through what we at the State Department are doing on a day-to-day basis. This is real diplomacy. When you have a crisis that erupts, you have multiple actors that are involved — it’s not always simple. You need to take into consideration multiple viewpoints and multiple needs, and there may be challenges that exist on various levels. For instance, you need to look at why people have fled in the first place. You need to look at how you can assist. You also need to think about how you can prevent such a situation from recurring again. And, of course, situations can be long-term. We like to think that we can solve problems immediately, but the reality is we know from what is happening in the world today is that when people are forced to flee, it’s often for a longer period of time than we would like. So the U.S. government is engaged diplomatically on a day- to-day basis working with other governments, working with international partners such as a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), and of course with NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) to help meet the needs of people who have fled, but to also conduct that vital humanitarian diplomacy to help bring people together to resolve these conflicts


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