• Langdell 272, Kirkland and Ellis Classroom (map)
  • Harvard Law School
  • Cambridge, MA 02138

Photo credit: HarshLight, “White House,” (CC BY 2.0). 


This two-session exercise is designed to expose students to the challenges surrounding a U.S. government interagency response to a humanitarian crisis where a terrorist organization threatening U.S. national security concerns is involved. The issues faced by the fictional National Security Advisor are intended to illustrate many of the same challenges addressed by government actors during the 2011 Somalia famine.  

We will aim to send background materials to participants a week before the first session. No academic or professional credit will attach to participation in the prototype. 


  • Monday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and
  • Monday, November 24th at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Kirkland and Ellis Classroom, Langdell 272, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA 02138. 


We ask that students commit at least to eight hours in total: 

  • One to two hours of pre-session 1 prep time;
  • Two hours each for session 1 and session 2; and 
  • Four hours between session 1 and session 2 to undertake associated research, analysis, and collaboration with assigned team members. 


Registration for this event is closed.