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Recent Club News

Club issues "The Ambassador" 2009! - The International Affairs Association has published the 2009 issue of its annual publication, "The Ambassador". Featuring student-written articles related to international issues, campus events, club trips to Model UN conferences, and much more, "The Ambassador 2009" is a must-read for those interested in international affairs. Check it out.

Club participates in Get Acquainted Day - The International Affairs Association participated in Gettysburg's Annual "Get Acquainted Day"  on Saturday, April 18, 2009.  The event, held for accepted students for Gettysburg's Class of 2013, was quite a success!  IAA collected names and email address from over 200 students interested in joining the club should they come to Gettysburg in the Fall.

Student Group Travels to Chicago! - The International Affairs Association sent six delegates to ChoMUN, the University of Chicago's Model UN conference, over the Easter Break (April 9-13).  The delegates had a great time representing Gettysburg and participating in the conference's innovative 'crisis simulations'.  The group also had free time to explore the great city of Chicago, including taking in a view of the city skyline from atop the John Hancock Tower.  The delegate's experiences on the trip are shared in this year's Ambassador publication.

World MUN Conference in the Hague - Six delegates from the IAA traveled to the Hague, Netherlands, for the week-long Harvard World Model United Nations Conference, from March 22-27, 2009.  The conference, among the most prestigious in the MUN circuit, proved to be a challenging yet enjoyable experience for delegation.  During their trip, IAA members contributed to an online blog chronicling their adventures - check it out: World MUN 2009 Blog

The IAA has been active on campus for several years now, having attended many of the prestigious WorldMUN conferences, including those held in Beijing, China; Geneva, Switzerland; Puebla, Mexico; and now The Hague, The Netherlands. The group aims to increase the understanding of international relations on the campus and has taken strides forward this past year by more aggressively advertising our "beginner" conference to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall and hosting a talk given by the Director of the United Nations Information Center in Washington DC, Mr. Will Davis.

The club has also sent delegates to conference at the University of Virginia and Cairo, Egypt, as well as the University of Chicago (this year being the first time participating). Delegates have been placed on committees as diverse as General Assemblies, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the International Labor Organization, including several appointed positions on committees like the International Monetary Fund, the International Court of Justice, and the Chinese Politburo of 1969. The club, however, is not merely limited to United Nations related activities. Each member comes from a different background of area or general international studies ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The weekly meetings highlight a different international concern, either new or ongoing. All majors and viewpoints are highly encouraged to attend, to listen and speak their views.

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