Annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC) on 09-11 April,
2024. If you would like to be considered, please send a 1-paragraph
application, indicating your major/minor, GPA and why you would be a
strong candidate to represent UMBC. The Department will cover any costs
associated with participation. Please send your application to Dr.
Grodsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 20.
NAFAC is a leading foreign affairs conference for undergraduate students
to discuss pressing global issues. The Conference provides the
opportunity for students to engage with future civil and military leaders on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
This year's Conference explores the topic, "Where Power Lies: The Development of Civil-Military Relations in a New World Order." The topic explores how the relationship between the military and society impacts a country's functionality, its ability to interact with other countries and achieve its international goals, and finally how the use of technology/AI can affect the development of civil-military relations.
Each year the Conference is enriched by the excellent delegates who join
us from colleges, universities, and military academies in the US and more than 20 different countries. The participants will hear from expert speakers and panelists, engage in discussion sessions, and pursue a wargame analyzing the intricate details of foreign affairs. While distinguished speakers enhance the experience, the Conference depends on the caliber of its delegates. We encourage you to send undergraduate students who are sincerely interested in the topic and who demonstrate a strong capacity for meaningful contribution. While many delegates have a political science or international relations background, this is by no means required.
This year, we are excited to introduce a new opportunity for delegates
to present any personal research on the theme to their roundtable groups. While this is entirely optional, we encourage your selected delegates to bring a two to three page paper that will contribute to the intellectual discourse of the group. The NAFAC staff will recognize the most exemplary paper at
the conclusion of the Conference.