THE FUSION ENERGY EXPERIMENTAL TOKAMAK SITE NEGOTIATION

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Description: The Fusion Energy Experimental Tokamak ("FEET") Site Negotiation simulation is a multiparty and coalition building negotiation exercise. Inspired by the real-world negotiations surrounding the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), this fascinating multiparty negotiation simulation provides outstanding lessons in coalition building, difficulties in maintaining coalitions, intercultural communication, real world politics and, of course, negotiation skills. The real-world ITER negotiations (pronounced "ee-ter", which is Latin for "the way") had their roots in a 1984 proposal by the Soviet Union seeking a method to harness nuclear fusion as an energy source. More specifically, the proposed ITER reactor would essentially be a gigantic vacuum vessel surrounded by super-conducting coils that magnetically confine hydrogen plasma in the shape of a doughnut. Once accomplished, the temperature of the plasma will then be increased to the point of igniting fusion, a method that scientists view as a credible first step to capturing fusion as a feasible commercial energy source. Despite having had its genesis in 1984, the real-world negotiation involving ITER was not completed until June of 2005. Distilled to its essence, the ITER negotiation resulted in France being designated as the location for the reactor with Japan being granted the lead role in managing and directing the effort. Accordingly, the research related jobs primarily will go to Japan, and the construction jobs will go to France. This real-world outcome - after such protracted negotiations spanning over 20 years - is provided for informational purpose only and is not at all suggestive of what should or should not happen when conducing the FEET simulation. FEET, while inspired by ITER, is nevertheless separate and distinct from ITER and, in fact, the outcome with the most possible points for ALL of the parties in the FEET simulation would be for the parties to agree to build two reactors. Interesti
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