Type: School event

U.S. Diplomacy Center Simulation

Simulation is run by Lou Fintor, U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence


Countering Violent Extremism: Balancing Civil Liberties and Security

Date & time

Apr 4, 2019, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT


April 4 - Weill 1210 April 9 - Weill 3240
735 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Participating students are required to attend both sessions:

April 4 - Weill 1210, Introduction, role assignment, distribution of scenario and background readings
April 9 - Weill 3240, Simulation
Interested students please sign up here.


The Ford School’s Weiser Diplomacy Center (WDC) and Lou Fintor, the U.S. Department of State's Diplomat in Residence invite you to a timely diplomacy simulation exercise “Countering Violent Extremism: Balancing Civil Liberties and Security.” This simulation was developed by Department of State's U.S. Diplomacy Center and involves a hypothetical scenario based on a real global challenge: how to address violent extremism while at the same time respecting and protecting civil rights and liberties. As this exercise has not been previously used, Ford School students will be the first cohort in the nation to test this simulation. U.S. State Department's Diplomat in Residence Lou Fintor will lead the simulation here at the Ford School and supplement the exercise with examples drawn from his assignments in South Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.


Lou Fintor, U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence

Lou Fintor is the Ford School’s new Diplomat in Residence (DIR), a U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer offering State Department career, internship, and fellowship information.

Joining the Foreign Service in 2002, Fintor served as U.S. Embassy spokesperson in the Middle East, South 

Asia, and Europe. As Diplomat in Residence, Fintor will offer information on State Department opportunities to students and professionals located throughout the North Central DIR region, which includes Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. The Ford School serves as one of 16 regional DIR academic host institutions in the United States.

DIRs attend local career fairs for university students, alumni, and professionals, host career information sessions and speak with organizations and groups living in each of the population-based geographic regions they serve. They provide information about Department of State Foreign and Civil Service careers, internships, and fellowships.

In addition to scheduling regular travel to communities and recruitment events throughout assigned geographic areas, DIRs can provide background materials, resources, and referrals to those residing in their regions.   

Learn more about the Diplomat in Residence program.