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Posted February 21, 2013

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Model NATO Conference 2013 to Take Place at Carleton

Broadening Perspective; Increasing Capacity

Ottawa - The Carleton Model North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Conference is a simulated conference that demonstrates to students the complexity and dynamics of debating issues within NATO.

The conference’s theme is Broadening Perspective; Increasing Capacity and will focus on how NATO is improving its ability to address and mitigate security challenges through partnership and diplomacy with NATO and non-NATO members and organizations.

The conference provides an opportunity for students to conduct research on defence issues, and national policies and to engage in diplomacy. It also provides an experiential learning environment where students interact with other delegates in an attempt to reach consensus on issues.

“Understanding security in the 21st century requires a comprehensive and flexible approach,” said Andrej Litvinjenko, project manager of the conference and Nipissing University masters student. “It is no longer about counting tanks and putting guards at checkpoints. We live in a time of unprecedented interconnection between states and peoples. These relationships have made us more sensitive and vulnerable to new threats and challenges; trade security, migration flows, cyber security, infrastructure security, effective and flexible defence capabilities in a time of austerity, international terrorism, etc. The goal of this conference is to orient students to these challenges and make them aware of how NATO is addressing them.”

The conference will have participants from 14 universities across Canada, including four graduate students from Carleton. Student representatives from each of the universities will come to Carleton for the four-day conference where they will take part in simulated diplomacy and listen to guest speakers from a number of embassies.

When:

Opening ceremony: Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Committee events: Friday, Feb. 22 from 12:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Closing ceremonies: Sunday, Feb. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where:

Opening ceremonies: The Lord Elgin Hotel.

Committee events: Carleton University, River Building, Third floor, Rooms 3110, 3112, 3220, 3224 and 3228.

Closing ceremonies: National Arts Centre.



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