The Yalta Conference Simulation is an educational experience designed to present learners in grades 9 through 12 with a variety of challenges. It involves role-playing and negotiating skills. This simulation recreates the complexities of international negotiations and competing agendas among the three major powers that were victorious in World War 2. It will significantly enhance studies of that conflict in particular as well as the history of the 20th Century in general.
The simulation centers on the Yalta Conference (February 4-11, 1945), where the leaders of the “Big Three” (USA, USSR and UK) met to discuss how the world would look after the war. Although they met previously in Tehran and would meet again in Potsdam, it is the conference at Yalta that represents the best opportunity for student learning about the shaping of the post war world. In Tehran, the focus was on winning the war. At Potsdam, two of the leaders were new (Roosevelt had died and Churchill was defeated in an election) and positions were already hardening into that would become the Cold War. Yalta represents the best conference for students to get a sense of both how the world after 1945 was shaped by the competing agendas of the allies and how it could have been profoundly different.