Our High School students recently had a hands on experience learning more about the executive branch of the US government, namely that one of the roles of the president is Chief Diplomat.
Students learned that a US government official delegation participated in the 1997 negotiations in Helsinki for START III (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty). The treaty proposed a bilateral arms control between the United States and the Russian Federation to drastically reduce the deployed nuclear weapons arsenals of both countries and to continue weapons reduction efforts. Students learned about The United States’ relations with Russia after the Cold War and how then President Clinton was the Chief Diplomat.
Through role-play, high school students re-enacted assigned parts in that event, ending with the United States and the Russian Federation delegations and Chiefs of State having negotiated and signed the Agreement.