Seven IUP students represented the Republic of Turkey at the 33rd International Model NATO competition in Washington, DC February 15–18, 2018.
Each IUP student represented Turkey on a different NATO committee as part of this competition.
Most of the team was composed of International Studies majors from the Political Science Department: Chandler Bouton served on the Political Affairs Committee, Chris Cochran served on the Military Committee, Michelle Lengel served on both the Nuclear Planning Group and the ad hoc Crisis Committee, and Kelsey Lewis and Claire Tranotti worked together on the Partnerships and Cooperative Security Committee.
Alex Ashcom, a graduate student seeking an MA in Public Administration, served on the North Atlantic Council. Bobby Follett, a Journalism and Public Relations major, served on both
the Committee on Emerging Security Challenges and the ad hoc Crisis
Michelle Lengel won a Superior Delegation Award for her work on the Nuclear Planning Group.
Turkey, an important player in the real world, was at the center of the
crisis simulation that was developed to challenge the students
participating in the Model. As part of the trip, students met with diplomats at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC to learn about that country’s current foreign policy stances.
NATO simulates the deliberations and proceedings of the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization at its
meetings. As such, the Model provides a unique
opportunity to study the role and activities of NATO as well as the military,
political, and economic issues facing the Alliance. This year IUP students interacted with teams from universities around the world, including the Royal Military College of Canada and Mälmo University, Sweden, as well as fellow Pennsylvania State System students from Edinboro and Slippery Rock.
Rachel Sternfeld, a faculty member in the Political Science Department, served as advisor to the team and traveled with them to Washington, DC.