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Simulations provide an opportunity for students in commercial diplomacy to practice advocacy skills while addressing real world issues in commercial diplomacy. Unlike case studies, which are historical, the simulations are drawn from real-world situations on current outstanding issues. Simulations of press conferences are a core part of a hands-on-approach to professional training in Commercial Diplomacy. They provide a nuts-and-bolts perspective that is an excellent way to train trade professionals. Simulations teach students how to integrate material from different areas of knowledge such as business, economics, politics, law, culture, public policy and science; how to simplify and focus complex issues to the priority issues; and how to make decisions in the face of imperfect information and the time pressures typical in the real world. The section of the website dealing with simulations contains background materials and a simulation scenario on a number of current disputes. Confidential instructions for the stakeholders included in the simulation can be obtained from ICDP upon request. Students playing the role of particular stakeholder groups can be asked to present their views before and/or after a simulated negotiation, with all other participants playing the role of reporters. You can obtain the simulations by clicking on “Simulations” in the index, or you can go there directly by clicking on the following hyperlink: Simulations.
A well-written press release is key to getting reporters to write an accurate and focused account of an event or an organization’s views on a particular subject. Samples of press releases used in professional practice can be found in the section on sample documents under the category of press releases. You can obtain the sample documents by clicking on the “Sample Documents” button in the index or you can go there directly by clicking on the following hyperlink: Sample Documents. You can also check how students writing their masters projects handled press releases by going to the simulated cases section of the web site, or by clicking on the following hyperlink: Simulated Cases. You can also check out the press releases posted by various stakeholder organizations on their web sites, by clicking on links in the index or by clicking on the following hyperlink: links
The manual on “Writing Commercial Diplomacy Documents” contains sections on how to write press releases and Op-Eds. You can go directly to the table of contents of the manual by going to Instructional Module #4, or by clicking on the following hyperlink: Table of Content of Manual “Writing Commercial Diplomacy Documents”
A list of useful books and articles can be found under each of the courses listed in the model curriculum section of the website. You can go to that section of the website by clicking on “Model Curriculum” in the index or by clicking on he following hyperlink: Model Curriculum. Many of the books can be purchased on websites provided by booksellers and research institutions. Many of these sites can be found in the section on links under the heading of Books on Trade. You can go there by clicking on “links” in the index or by clicking on the following hyperlink: links
ICDP maintains an extensive database of websites with useful information for international trade policy professionals. The database is organized on the basis of key categories, which allows you to focus your search for useful sites. The list of categories is found on the links page. Categories that you may want to explore for information on press releases are web sites provided by industry associations, government departments or NGO’s. You can find these sites by clicking on the following categories listed on the links page: “Industry Sites”, “Nat. Trade Offices”, “Government Orgs” and “NGO’s”. The database also contains a search engine, which allows you browse through the links in the database. You can get access to the search engine on the links page. You may want to identify sites with relevant information by entering key words related to the policy area you would like to explore into the search engine. You can go to the links page by clicking on Links in the index or by clicking on the following hyperlink: links page
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