National Museum of American Diplomacy: Simulations Go Virtual!

Along with museums world-wide, the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) was forced to close its doors in mid-March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an instant, museums had to look for ways to reach their audiences virtually. NMAD was no exception, quickly engaging with its network around its Diplomacy Simulation Program to offer the simulations virtually. With the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), NMAD  facilitated two simulations with 40 participants through their Women in Global Policy seminar, with great success. The future public servants in the seminar stepped into the shoes of diplomats, used the skills of diplomacy, and sought and found solutions, all through Zoom.

NMAD now is working with Global Ties U.S. and offering facilitation training to community organizations across the country so they, too can bring the simulation program to their audiences virtually. WorldDenver and Gulf Coast Diplomacy have already begun to offer virtual simulations through Zoom.

NMAD is also producing virtual simulations with the State Department’s Diplomats in Residence, and will facilitate a program with the Rangel-Pickering Fellows later in June.

Please contact us at if your organization would be interested in partnering with NMAD on a virtual simulation.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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