Students Practice Diplomacy at U.S. Army War College Exercise

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Future leaders and diplomats of tomorrow got a chance to practice their skills Wednesday in a simulated crisis.

More than 50 college students from across the country gathered at Rudder Tower for A&M's first ever U.S. Army War College International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise.

Students used their diplomatic skills to resolve an overseas conflict.

The exercise was presided over by retired Ambassador Larry Napper of the Bush School.

"You definitely see a whole other perspective of how politics work all around the world. It definitely shows that just making a simple wish of world peace isn't as easy as it seems," said Bryan Parra, a Texas A&M Sophomore and Corps of Cadets member.

"The event has been really eye opening. It's definitely hectic trying to balance all the interests of all the different countries especially when the goals of each one are in direct conflict of the other one and you really can't get them to the table," said Sam Calaway, a U.S. Naval Academy Senior.

The Memorial Student Center Student Conference on National Affairs runs Thursday through Saturday at the university.

Speakers include Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Lieutenant General Paul Carlton.

The speeches are free and open to the public.