Posted on November 1, 2012 by Tia Lalani

16 of Dr. Sandra Rein’s AUPOL 248/348 students tried their hand at the “art of diplomacy” at the National Model United Nations simulation held in Washington, DC.

By Dr. Sandra Rein

Washington, DC
October 26-28, 2012

Winston Churchill is said to have famously remarked that “Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.” And, apparently Augustana students excel at diplomatic practice as our delegation received three awards at a recent simulation.

Last week, 16 Augustana students enrolled in AUPOL 248/348 taught by Dr. Sandra Rein, tried their hand at the “art of diplomacy” at the National Model United Nations simulation held in Washington, DC. The Model UN is sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association in the United States and more than 70 countries were represented by universities and colleges from across the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Augustana students were assigned two countries: Costa Rica and Azerbaijan. At the simulation, the Augustana delegations participated in the Security Council (Azerbaijan), the General Assembly First Committee, the World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the Human Rights Committee (Costa Rica).

Over the course of the three day simulation, Delegations are required to stay “in character” in order to accurately represent the foreign policy of their assigned state and to work toward proposing substantive resolutions relating to pre-assigned topics of global concern. All committees require that a written position paper be submitted before the start of the competition.

The Augustana students began their preparations in September and quickly became experts on the foreign policies and practices of their assigned countries as well as the functions of their assigned United Nations committees. Their hard efforts were well-rewarded by the conference organizers as the following recognitions were awarded:

Best Position Paper – General Assembly First Committee
Thomas Hanson and Megan Cookson (Azerbaijan)
More than 70 position papers were submitted for adjudication in this committee.

Honourable Mention Delegations (Costa Rica)
GA1 – Robert LaValley, Dave Mucz
IAEA – Naomi Finseth, Larenn Kebernik
WHO – Sara Gloeckler, Sherri-Ann Stanford
HRC – Kershia Naidoo, Jon Mucz

Distinguished Delegations (Azerbaijan)
GA1 – Megan Cookson, Thomas Hanson
SC – Jon Neufeld, Calee Dufva
IAEA – Stacey Haugen, Dexter MacCalder
WHO – Michelle Frank, Talisa Chelick

This is the third time Augustana students have participated in a Model UN competition since 2008 and the first time that our delegation has received awards recognitions.

AUPOL 248/348 will be offered again in the Winter semester 2014. For more information, please contact Dr. Sandra Rein, srein@ualberta.ca.


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