September 25, 2018


Courtney Fung
Courtney Fung
This article describes a simulation scenario based on of-the-minute thinking about the Korean Peninsula crisis. The scenario highlights the tradeoffs and difficulties in addressing the nuclear and humanitarian crisis, tasking students to negotiate to reach consensus on track I and track II levels. Students are negotiators, gaining experience and exposure to key international relations and political science concepts through active learning. An optional media-teams and press-conference component also is discussed. The scenario, grading rubric, and supplemental materials are included to give instructors a resource that is easily modified across groups varying in size, ability, and composition.

Bio: Dr. Courtney J. Fung is an assistant professor of International Relations. She was recently a 2016 – 2017 research fellow with the East Asia Institute in their Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia, and an honorary research fellow at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney during a semester-long research sabbatical. Before joining the faculty at the University of Hong Kong, Dr. Fung was a post-doctoral research fellow with the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, based at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. Prior positions include research fellowships with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and with the Global Peace Operations Program at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. Dr. Fung's book manuscript explains China's varied response to intervention and regime change at the United Nations Security Council. She concluded extensive fieldwork for this project, including participant observation at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Other research projects include India and China's responses to the responsibility to protect, and an RGC Early Career Scheme funded project on the impact of regional organisations on China's position on intervention at the United Nations.

Dr. Fung holds a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where she was awarded the Peter Ackerman Dissertation Prize for her doctoral thesis. She also holds an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Fung is also a graduate of the Middlebury College Chinese Summer Language School, where she was a Kathryn Davis fellow. Additional training includes participation in the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research, Syracuse University and the Graduate Institute for Teaching, Tufts University. Her teaching and research interests include Chinese foreign policy, intervention, and International Relations theory, with a particular focus on status. Dr. Fung is a 2016 recipient of the HKU Early Career Teaching Award.​ She serves as a member of the Fletcher School Board of Advisors.