Security Council Simulation- Washington D.C.
April 6-8, 2018


programThis April, the Osgood Center is offering a program that focuses on the only United Nations body capable of creating binding legislation – the Security Council. From April 6-8, participants will engage as representatives of the 15 Security Council Member States in discussion of issues such as: International Peace and Security, Climate Change, and the Maintenance of International Security. Model United Nations is an exciting way for students to learn about the cutting edge issues in international affairs and increase their awareness of different systems of government, international law, and international organizations, while gaining valuable researching, public speaking, and decision-making skills.

The location of this conference in Washington D.C. gives our delegates unparalleled access to embassies and government agencies only available in our nation’s capital. Housing for this year's conference will be at the River Inn in downtown Washington, D.C. The conference will be held at George Washington University.


Keynote Speaker:


John Conger

John Conger is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Center for Climate and Security, and a member of the Advisory Board. He is also President of Conger Strategies and Solutions, LLC, and a non-resident senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Mr. Conger previously served as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), from December 2015 to January 2017.  As principal deputy comptroller, Mr. Conger assisted the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) in the performance of his or her duties, provided advice to the Secretary of Defense on all budgetary and financial matters, including the development and execution of the Department’s annual budget of over $500 billion, and oversaw the Department’s efforts to achieve audit readiness.

Previously, Mr. Conger oversaw energy, installations and environmental policy throughout DoD, performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment, as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations & Environment, and as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations & Environment from 2009 to 2015.  In this role, Mr. Conger oversaw a vast portfolio that included base closure, energy security, climate change, and management of $850 billion in real property. For more information about Mr. Conger, visit:

Closing Speakers:


Sarah Hillware

Sarah Hillware is a social entrepreneur and global communications strategist. She has spent her career designing, implementing and managing effective public affairs and behavior change campaigns with measurable public health, gender equality, educational and environmental outcomes.

She currently consults the World Bank on external communications and corporate engagement for an international, multi-sectoral program. In addition to the broader program activities, she also works with task teams to implement behavior change communication at the country level.

Sarah has an academic background in international affairs, global health and entrepreneurship and has held positions in international organizations, NGOs and private sector media and marketing companies. Prior to working for two major United Nations agencies, she supported the execution of two major campaigns for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Foundation. For more information about Sarah, visit:


Haleh Vaziri

Haleh Vaziri is the founder of VRMC (Vaziri Research Management Consultancy), established in 2010. Her motto is "Asking the right questions, offering you insights for action." She advises a diverse clientele on issues of democratization, human rights, media markets and public diplomacy vis-a-vis the research management process and proposal preparation, survey questionnaire design, analytic writing, presentations, conference planning and curriculum development. Her clients have included Edison Research, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace.

Prior to striking out on her own, Haleh worked for over a decade at the InterMedia Survey Institute as the Regional Research Manager for the Middle East and North Africa, implementing audience and public opinion studies for clients seeking to reach media consumers in the MENA. She has supervised and trained qualitative and quantitative research teams in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. She was additionally responsible for studies conducted in Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, adapting market research methodologies to the needs of difficult-to-access populations.

Haleh holds a PhD in international relations from Georgetown University and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She has authored numerous articles and conference papers, concentrating in large part on Iranian politics. She has co-authored four human rights education guide books, among them, Victories over Violence: Ensuring Safety for Women and Girls, A Practitioner's Manual (2012). A strong believer in volunteerism, Haleh is a member of the Washington, DC Rotary Club and has served as its Secretary and Ombudswoman.


To register, please fill out the application and payment form below and email to Shelton Williams at If a student is participating as an individual and not as part of a school, please have parent/guardian fill out "Faculty Advisor" information, and student fill out "Head Delegate" information. The cost of attendance for the 2018 Model Security Council (MSC) Simulation is $90.00 per student and is due by March 1, 2018. Business professional attire is required.

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Position Papers

**For award consideration, all position papers should be submitted no later than April 1, 2018.**

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