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Young minds converge on Washington for International Model NATO Conference 2012
posted by Harper Dorsk on February 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm
Students from top universities in the U.S. and around the world are gathering in Washington this weekend for the 2012 International Model NATO Conference. The goal of the conference is to engage young minds in debate, increase awareness about the role of NATO and the issues it faces, and provide a forum to collaborate and network.
In my capacity here at ASP, and as a Model NATO alum, I will be assisting with the conference’s social media, specifically Facebook. Using the conference’s social media, students have the opportunity to engage and collaborate prior to the start of the event, share materials and information during the conference, and then network afterward.
Topics this year include Afghanistan, relations with Russia, NATO expansion (an oldie, but goodie), energy and environmental issues, nuclear proliferation, missile defense, Kosovo, and many others. Delegates will have to debate in committee about which topics to discuss first based on what is most important to their country.
Students take away a great deal of knowledge and perspective from this experience, especially those in leadership roles, such as head delegates and moderators. Additionally, conference goers will have the added benefit of meeting this year’s keynote speaker Antonella Cerasino, Head of NATO Public Diplomacy Division, Countries Section.