Cadets participate in Model UN exercise
The Citadel’s Model United Nations (UN) team represented the Central African Republic at the annual competition held at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, 2009. Funding for cadet participation in the Model UN was made possible by The Citadel Foundation.
Model UNs are organized to simulate the inner workings of the United Nations with teams representing specific countries. Each team member sits in a different committee and represents the country in debates to produce consensus through the drafting of resolutions in topics that range from security to the global environment. Approximately 100 schools from North America, South America, and Europe represented 200 countries and non-governmental organizations at the competition.
The Citadel, in its only Model UN competition each year, was pitted against all of the U.S. Service Academies as well as the Ivy League schools while in Montreal. The 2009 team proved to be adept at utilizing the rules of procedure and debating the other delegates. The 2009 team members, all political science majors, included Cadets Justin Strickland, Matthew Millard, Kevin Stafford and Aaron Buchhop.
The Citadel delegates represented the Central African Republic in the United Nations’ Special Political and Decolonization (Stafford) and Disarmament and International Security (Buchhop) Committees as well as special sessions on Palestine (Strickland) and the Non-Aligned Movement (Millard).
“I will carry my experiences from the Model UN for a lifetime,” said Strickland. “Participating in discussions concerning the Israeli – Palestinian conflict gave me the opportunity to view the dilemma from many different viewpoints, some previously unknown to me.”