The School will support up to 6 students to form a delegation at this annual Model NATO Conference in the United States in February 2013, accompanied by Head of Government and Society, Professor Mark Webber.
This event is targeted at postgraduate students. The school will provide registration fees, accommodation and most meals during the trip, those selected need only to cover their own flights and spending money and to be eligible for a US visa.
At the Model NATO 2013, the University of Birmingham represented Turkey and the trip to Washington D.C. involved a briefing session at the Turkish embassy.
The general aura that surrounded the ongoing debates in the Defense Planning Group was indescribable. While certain delegates were returning to their 2nd/3rd Model NATO conference, others (such as Felix and I) were experiencing our very first. It was an absolute honour to be part of such an invaluable event and to be able to learn from such a diverse variety of students." Brami Van Crombrugge, International Relations and Spanish 4th year.
All delegations stayed in the same hotel, so were advised to remain “in-role” throughout the conference. And we found ourselves becoming embroiled in fascinating debates over meals and drinks with some very capable students from universities across America, Canada and Europe. It became evident to me that diplomacy requires a constant engagement in and consideration for major world issues, and that productive discussion can occur anywhere, from the formal debates in the conference, to the less formal encounters in lifts and at the bar!" Felix Cairns, International Relations 3rd year.
Further details of the Model NATO will become available in the autumn term. It is anticipated that the event itself will take place in early February 2014.
For a report on last year’s trip to model NATO you can follow this link:
International Model NATO: Washington, United States, February 2012
In February 2012, a delegation of five postgraduate students from POLSIS and the International Development Department took part in the annual Model NATO event in Washington D.C. Model NATO is a three-day event in which delegations play out the process of debate, negotiation and decision-making within the Atlantic Alliance.
POLSIS students take part in Model NATO event in USA, February 2011
In February 2011, a delegation of six postgraduate students from POLSIS took part in the annual Model NATO event in Washington D.C. Model NATO is a three-day event in which delegations play out the process of debate, negotiation and decision-making within the Atlantic Alliance.