Gordon Institute hosts Bi-Annual Program in National Security Studies (PINSS)

On November 6, 2013, the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies hosted its bi-annual Program in National Security Studies (PINSS) High School Simulation. The title of the Fall 2013 semester simulation was Strategic Triangle: Assessing al Qaeda’s Inroads into Latin America and West Africa. More than 200 high school students from nearly 20 high schools in Miami-Dade County attended the simulation, in which they played the roles of professional analysts to assess whether the al Qaeda terrorist network had made strategic partnerships with FARC rebels in Colombia and drug traffickers in West Africa. The high school students were assisted by 16 FIU students who are pursuing a Certificate in National Security Studies from the Gordon Institute. The simulation was held in the Graham Center.

The topic of the Spring 2014 simulation will be Games of Love or Games of Chance: Protecting the 2016 Rio Olympics.

On January 17, 2014, the Gordon Institute will begin its Spring semester PINSS Mentors Seminar for students interested in national security issues. The Mentors Seminar provides a non-traditional learning experience by allowing student participants to work in small groups with FIU faculty, Gordon Institute staff, and students from various academic areas in a non-graded, non-credit forum. Students participate in active-learning simulations and engage in discussions on national and international security-related concepts and controversies. Many of our simulations are conducted by professionals who work for federal agencies.

For more information about the PINSS high school simulations, contact the Gordon Institute at ippcs@fiu.edu or call 305-348-2977.