At the twenty-fifth annual National Model NATO Conference, five IUP students (including four from Political Science: Elizabeth Solomonides, Casey Ryan, Kyle Thomas, and Diana Saltykova) represented Belgium, and six (one from Political Science, Kiersten Bolton) represented Hungary.
The student teams were sponsored by the John P. Murtha Institute for Homeland Security and advised by Drs. Werner Lippert, History, and Dighton Fiddner, Political Science. The conference took place February 18–21, 2010, in Washington, D.C.
Model NATO is a simulation of the proceedings of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, augmented by preconference study and briefings at embassies of NATO member states in Washington, D.C. It provides a unique opportunity for university and college students to study the role, structure, and activities of NATO, as well as the military, political-security, economic, and social issues facing the alliance.
Through simulation, students gain a better and clearer understanding of the capabilities and constraints that shape the policies of NATO countries in determining matters of collective defense. Apart from dealing with a prepared agenda, students grapple with a contemporary crisis to be revealed at the Model Conference.
The Murtha Institute will once again sponsor IUP’s participation in the 2011 National Model NATO from February 17–20, 2011, where IUP will be representing Denmark and Germany.