Your team's Strategic Goals Statement

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Your Team’s Strategic Goals Statement

The Strategic Goals Statement has a simple purpose—to set out, as a guide to action, what your country or organization wants to achieve. It should be clear, coherent, and show evidence of the serious thought you’ve put into it. Your Strategic Goals Statement should lay out specific ideas of what you want to accomplish (or prevent!) It should not simply say, for example, "we want a peace settlement with so-and-so." Strategic Goals Statements should reflect your country’s national interest, and be an unapologetic statement of self-interest.


Remember that the Strategic Goals Statement is private between you and your National Security Advisor (NSA). You can and should be candid, as these goals won’t be accessible by other country teams. Your NSA will push you on your work here, because your Strategic Goals Statement forms the basis of your action in the simulation. They’re on your side, and are only trying to help!


Here are the questions you’ll be asked to respond to in creating your Strategic Goals Statement (one per team):

1. The principal—the most important—goals that the country "team" wants to achieve with respect to the Middle Eastern region. If goals elsewhere in the world significantly impinge on goals in the Middle East, then those should be mentioned.

2. Which countries are most important in terms of addressing the goals enumerated.

3. What potential outcomes are most important to be avoided.


What follows below is an interaction between the Palestinian Fatah team and their NSA. It starts with a first draft of a Strategic Goals Statement, then comments by the NSA (in which the NSA asked for revisions—this is common, by the way!) and then a revised Strategic Goals Statement (which was approved by the NSA).


Strategic Goals Statement Version 1

I. What are the principal--the most important--goals that your nation "team" wants to achieve with respect to the Middle Eastern region? If goals elsewhere in the world significantly impinge on goals in the Middle East, then those should be mentioned.

1) Establish a Palestinian Nation in the Middle East.

2) Establish Jerusalem as our nation’s capital. This may mean a shared capital with Israel.

3) Regain lands set aside for the Palestinian State. This land would be based upon the pre-1967 borders.

4)Regain key areas of West Bank/Gaza for their water resources.

5) Make contact with the West i.e.; US, Britain, and UN, in order to attempt a peaceful dialog and further our progress towards acquiring our homeland.

6) Regain US economic support that was lost after the recent elections. In the event that the US and Israel refuse to support us financially, we will seek new sources of funding.

7) Make amends with Hamas to present a more united Palestinian front to the world and our own people.

8) Gain support from the rest of the Arab nations as we continue to pursue gaining a homeland.

a) Make contact with Iran, Syria, and Jordan for possible military support.

9) Gain support of world for homeland in Palestine.

10) Get Barghouti out of jail.


II. Which countries are most important in terms of addressing these goals?

United States, Israel, Hamas, United Nations, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran

III. What potential outcomes are most important to be avoided?

We want to avoid unaided conflict with Israel and the US at almost any cost. This, among other outcomes, may result in the loss of the small amount of land, which we currently hold. We also want to avoid conflict with other Arab nations, most importantly Hamas, as this will greatly hinder our ability to carry out our goals.

IV. Which one goal is the MOST IMPORTANT?

Our most important goal is to establish a sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

V. Which country, therefore, is the MOST IMPORTANT in terms of achieving success?

The United States is the most important country in terms of achieving our goal because they will act as our primary mediator with Israel.


NSA Comments

Fatah...good start. I really like your answers to question 3. Your answers to questions 1 and 2 need some tweaking. First off, you say you want to go to Jordan for military support. Well military support for what? Jordan has a very close relationship with Israel, they aren't going to fire upon the Israelis. Second, you want to get Barghouti out of jail. That isn't going to happen. The Israelis have made major concessions for him. He isn't going to be let out of jail while serving five life sentences. You would have to break him out. Third you say you want to regain the economic support you lost after Hamas won the elections. Currently the only way you can regain the money is if you renounce terrorism and recognize Israel's right to exist. You need to do this as a joint effort, Hamas and Fatah together. Not just Fatah. The second question asked which counties are most important in obtaining your goals. First off, you list two "groups" that aren't countries.: the UN and Hamas. Second, narrow your list down and explain why you need certain countries and their support.

Your goal statement doesn't need major changes. Just try to put yourself in the shoes of who you are portraying, how would they act?


Strategic Goals Statement Version 2

Dear NSA,

   Thank you for the suggestions.  We hope you like our changes.


I. What are the principal--the most important--goals that your nation "team" wants to achieve with respect to the Middle Eastern region? If goals elsewhere in the world significantly impinge on goals in the Middle East, then those should be mentioned.

1) Establish a Palestinian Nation in the Middle East. Ideally our nation would consist of the land that was set aside by the United Nations in 1947.


2) Establish a capitol in Jerusalem. If we are unable to establish political control over Jerusalem, we will press for Jerusalem to be under some form of international control.

3) Regain lands set aside for the Palestinian State. This land would be based upon the pre-1967 borders.

4) Regain key areas of West Bank/Gaza for their water resources.

5) Make contact with the West i.e.; US, Britain, and UN, in order to attempt a peaceful dialog and further our progress towards acquiring our homeland.

6) Regain US economic support that was lost after the recent elections. In the event that the US and Israel refuse to support us financially, we will seek new sources of funding.

7) Make amends with Hamas to present a more united Palestinian front to the world and our own people.

8) Gain support from the rest of the Arab nations as we continue to pursue gaining a homeland.

8a) Make contact with Iran and Syria for possible military support.

9) Gain support of world for homeland in Palestine.

10) Get Barghouti out of jail. If this is not possible, we will continue to use him in negotiations, as his current location may be somewhat beneficial.


II. Which countries are most important in terms of addressing these goals?

United States (The US is one of the key countries involved in peace negotiations, so we want to attempt to establish good relations with them In order to further our personal goals) Israel (Israel is the opposing party in the conflict, so they are obviously one of the most important to our negotiations)

Egypt: (Egypt serves as an Arab link to the west. They may be valuable in negotiations with the US or possibly for funding)

Iran: (Iran could serve as a very powerful Arab ally. In the event of failed initiatives with the West, Iran may provide military or financial support)

Syria: (Syria may also serve as a similar ally as Iran)


III. What potential outcomes are most important to be avoided?

We want to avoid unaided conflict with Israel and the US at almost any cost. This, among other outcomes, may result in the loss of the small amount of land, which we currently hold. We also want to avoid conflict with other Arab nations, most importantly Hamas, as this will greatly hinder our ability to carry out our goals.

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