Boston University Diplomacy Club

The Boston University Diplomacy Club (BUDC) is an official student association, organized and run by students, sponsored and hosted by the International History Institute (IHI). Its members meet to participate in all- or half-day, diplomacy role-playing events held at the IHI.  The BU Diplomacy Club’s aim is to educate members in the practice and conduct of international diplomacy by engaging them in a fictitious wartime scenario around 1914.

The purpose of the BUDC is twofold.  First, the BUDC serves to introduce students to the strategy board game Diplomacy and organize training and gaming sessions supported and funded primarily by the IHI.  Second, the organization is dedicated to commemoration of all those who experienced World War I and of the enormous historical importance of that catastrophe of sacrifice, suffering, and destruction.

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Members of the 2004 BUDC, together with the Club's President, Marvin B. Fried, Treasurer Johnny Shum (in the black t-shirt), Secretary Andrea DiPaolo (in black shirt), and BUDC faculty advisers, Professors William R. Keylor and Cathal J. Nolan.

The BUDC’s founding President was Marvin B. Fried, who held the position from Fall 2001 until his graduation from BU in May 2003.  He subsequently completed a Master’s Degree in International Affairs at the George Washington University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Diplomatic History and International Relations at the London School of Economics.  His dissertation topic is on Austro-German military relations on the Eastern Front, 1914-1917.

IHI Director William R. Keylor, Founding BUDC President Marvin B. Fried, IHI Executive Director (1999-2006), Cathal J. Nolan.

IHI Director William R. Keylor, Founding BUDC President Marvin B. Fried, IHI Executive Director (1999-2006), Cathal J. Nolan.

Pictured to the left are the members of the BUDC together with the club’s Founding President (Marvin B. Fried, seated), its Treasurer (John Shum, in the black t-shirt), and its Secretary (Andrea DiPaolo, in the black shirt), together with the two BUDC Faculty Advisers, Professors Keylor R. Keylor and Cathal J. Nolan.