Virtual US-China Symposium

July 5-15, 2021

The U.S.-China relationship is the most important bilateral connection in the world, and what happens in it has global consequences. The Biden Administration has said, in the words of Secretary of State Blinken, that the U.S relations with China will be “competitive where it should be, collaborative where in can be, and adversarial where it must be.” The U.S.-China Symposium will explore this dynamic and give voice to the many points of view within the U.S. and China about the intense competition expected and whether it will be creative or destructive. Former diplomats, think tank and academic experts, economists, businesspersons, and journalists from both nations will interact with participants from around the globe in this virtual conference. Special to this event will be perspectives of other nations in Asia: Japan, the Philippines, Korea, and India. The daily schedule will be final in June, but expect well respected analysts from Brookings, CSIS, the East-West Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and journalists from CNN, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg. Chinese representatives from businesses, media and academic circles will also attend.

Admission is on a rolling basis. The cost is $500 for participants from non-partner institutions, and payment is due upon registration through Venmo (@Shelton-Williams-11) or PayPal (swilliams@osgoodcenter.org). Email this application form to swilliams@osgoodcenter.org.

Summer Symposium 2021

The Summer Symposium on Foreign Policy

August 9-19, 2021

The Osgood Center’s Summer Symposium offers an in-depth, interactive analysis of the evolution of US foreign policy, international economics, and current issues in international affairs. Participants will gain a better understanding of international affairs and how to forge a career path in this field. This Symposium’s focus in 2021 is the Biden Administration’s first year

The forty-first annual Symposium will be virtual in 2021. Participants will meet analysts from think tanks, international institutions, and government agencies located in Washington, D.C.. Among them will be the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Hudson Institute, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International scholars, the Department of State, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and more.

Participants  will also interact with admissions officials, former students, and professors from programs at George Washington’s Elliott School, Georgetown’s Walsh School, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and the American University School of International Service.

Osgood expects attendees from around the globe in 2021, including the U.S., China, Germany, Jordan, Morocco, Ecuador, and Canada. The cost per participant in a non-partner institution is $500. Admission is on a rolling basis, but each participant is asked to complete the Registration Form and pay in advance. (Venmo @Shelton-Williams-12 or PayPal  swilliams.ogoodcenter.org). The daily schedule will be available in July, but see 2019’s daily schedule as an example.

Osgood Model United Nations 2021

February 5-6, 2021

Texas Model United Nations

For more than 15 years, the Osgood Center has committed to training the next generation of global leaders. The Osgood Center believes in the power of education to provide future professionals the knowledge and practical experience to engage in global dialogue. Model United Nations is an academic simulation that offers ideal conditions for them to broaden their expertise and to learn tools for such engagement.

Whether you seek to strengthen your diplomatic skills, deepen your knowledge on global issues, or connect with other students, OSMUN 2021 will provide you the opportunity to learn from other delegates while you discuss today’s most important global issues.

Osgood Center programs have brought together students from all around the world in its Model United Nations conferences which have inspired the creation of similar programs in various high schools and universities globally.

Now, the Osgood Center is proud to invite participants to OSGOOD MODEL UN 2021 (OSMUN 2021) which will be held on Zoom February 5-6, 2021. The Osgood Center hosted its first Model UN conference in 2003 in Washington DC. Since 2007, the Osgood Center has partnered with the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) to co-host National Model United Nations-DC (MUN-DC) each fall. In 2019 Osgood conducded a 325 delegate Model UN at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia

Xuan ZhuSecurity Council Chair

Xuan Zhu graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2014 as a master of Public Administration with two majors: Policy Research and Analysis as well as Energy and Environment. Before that he graduated from China Foreign Affairs University in 2011 with a bachelor degree of laws, majoring in Diplomacy and International Affairs. His current interest lies in Asian Development as well as energy and environment issues.

Prior to the graduate school, Xuan has quite a few interesting working experiences. His background includes working as an intern editor for Xinhua News Agency, internship in private companies such as Siemens China, part-time translator, and a public servant working on experts and international cooperation in China. He was also a volunteer in the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics.

Xuan has been helping with the Osgood Center since the summer of 2013 and became an assistant director in early 2015. His title was changed to Director of International Programs in 2021.

Information and Materials

Position Papers due January 15, 2021 to swilliams@osgoodcenter.org.

TexMUN 2021

February 5-6, 2021

Texas Model United Nations

For more than 15 years, the Osgood Center has committed to training the next generation of global leaders. The Osgood Center believes in the power of education to provide future professionals the knowledge and practical experience to engage in global dialogue. Model United Nations is an academic simulation that offers ideal conditions for them to broaden their expertise and to learn tools for such engagement.

Whether you seek to strengthen your diplomatic skills, deepen your knowledge on global issues, or connect with other students, TexMUN 2021 will provide you the opportunity to learn from other delegates while you discuss today’s most important global issues.

Osgood Center programs have brought together students from all around the world in its Model United Nations conferences which have inspired the creation of similar programs in various high schools and universities globally.

Now, the Osgood Center is proud to invite participants to TEX MODEL UN 2021 (OSMUN 2021) which will be held on Zoom February 5-7, 2021. The Osgood Center hosted its first Model UN conference in 2003 in Washington DC. Since 2007, the Osgood Center has partnered with the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) to co-host National Model United Nations-DC (MUN-DC) each fall. In 2019 Osgood conducted a 325 delegate Model UN at the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

Keynote Speaker, Jerry Pubantz

Jerry Pubantz

Jerry Pubantz is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University and his undergraduate degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. He is the co-author or editor of four books on the United Nations. His latest volume with co-author, John Moore, is entitled American Presidents and the United Nations: Internationalism in the Balance. Dr. Pubantz teaches courses on International Organization, American foreign policy, Middle East politics, the politics of globalization, and international relations. He appears regularly on television and radio to discuss international affairs and American politics. He is a member of the Middle East Policy Council’s National Advisory Board, a former President of the North Carolina Political Science Association, the co-founder of the Southern Association of Pre-law Advisers, and the former Chairman of the National Collegiate Conference Association, corporate sponsor of the National Model United Nations in New York City. His articles have appeared in Politics and Policy, the International Encyclopedia of Political Science, ArabiesTrends, Social Forces, and the Turkish Journal of International Relations among other periodicals.

Conference Chairs

Sophia FultonSophia Fulton – WHO Chair
Sophia Fulton is a senior Business Fellow at Baylor University, studying Arabic, Economics, and Finance. She is one of the head delegates for Baylor’s Model United Nations program and has attended several TexMUN and National Model United Nations conferences. Additionally, she participated in Baylor’s Model Arab League program and worked as a chair for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Model Arab League conference. Her academic and professional interests focus on the intersections between U.S. economic and strategic policy in the Middle East. She has interned for the Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal. Most recently, she worked as an intern for the Institute for the Study of War’s Iraq team. She is a 2021 Rangel International Affairs Fellow and will join the Department of State’s Foreign Service after graduate school.

Molly McFadden – GA3 Chair
Molly McFadden I’m a recent graduate of Alma College with majors in Political Science and History. During my time at Alma I was a member of their award winning Model UN team focusing primarily on refugee rights. My Model UN career with Alma also provided me with the opportunity to travel to New Delhi to work with the Shiv Nadar School system to run a system of Model UN conferences set up by the Alma College Model UN team previously. Continuing my interest in human rights in college outside of Model UN led me to an internship with Anera in Washington D.C. Anera is American Near East Refugee Aid, an American 501c3 non-governmental organization that provides humanitarian and development aid to the Middle East, specifically the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Jordan. I’m looking forward to this conference and the discussions about human rights!

Elizabeth FlatoffElizabeth Flatoff – SC Chair
I am a senior at Alma College and have been a part of the Model UN team for 4 years. During the summer after my freshman year I travelled to India for 2 months to teach about climate change and run a Model UN conference. I plan to pursue a career in politics and international policy and will continue my studies at Middlebury Institute for a masters in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies after graduation in April.

Information and Materials

Position Papers due January 15, 2021 to swilliams@osgoodcenter.org.

2021 Virtual Gene Alpert Presidential Inauguration Program

January 10-21, 2021

InaugurationThe Osgood Center is preparing two options for our Presidential Inauguration Program. One is the ONSITE Presidential Program and will be available if health authorities allow it. Otherwise or perhaps in addition to this option, we will offer at a lower cost a VIRTUAL Presidential Program that can be accessed remotely. A third option of housing-only for five nights in a suite hotel, Jan. 16-21, 2021 is also available. Please inquire if you would prefer that option.”

The Osgood Center for International Studies invites your institution to participate in a virtual academic seminar that revolves around the historic 2021 presidential inauguration. This quadrennial event is one of the most important events in American history that is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of people who come to D.C. to witness history-in-the-making. To be safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are offering an alternative program that will combine an academic perspective with the exciting events associated with the transition of power or the anticipation of a second term of our next president.

Reserve your space for the unique opportunity to celebrate this very special event on the National Mall and at special inaugural activities.

ORIENTATION

To prepare for the program, we will provide a videography of programs that will provide background and context for presidential inaugurations.

WEEK ONE

Osgood Center speaker sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday. Speakers each morning will include experts in the history and traditions of presidential inaugurations, political campaigns, presidential-congressional relations, politics and the media, and if relevant, presidential transitions or presidential second terms. There will also be a focus on some of the major public policy issues that the next president will likely face in the next four years.

WEEK TWO

Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will have some speakers who will address the historical and present significance of the day. Tuesday is being left open for now, so as not to conflict with any public inaugural events that might be viewed on C-SPAN. Wednesday, January 20 is the day of the inauguration, the inaugural parade and many evening events. These are always covered by the major news outlets and C-SPAN.

Program Costs

Pricing – $500 per student

Deadlines and Payments

All payments are due no later than Dec. 11, 2020 unless other arrangements are made. Requests (in writing via email) for a full refund minus a $150 administrative fee are possible until December 11, 2020. No refunds are available for any reason after that date. Substitutions may be allowed if feasible by December 31, 2020.

About the Osgood Center

The Osgood Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers short-term foreign policy and experiential learning programs for college and graduate students from around the globe.

At the Osgood Center, our mission is to advance understanding of public affairs and contemporary international and domestic issues. We positively affect the lives of our participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize short-term active engagement and experiential learning programs such as academic seminars and internships. Our vision is a generation of young people who strive to understand public policy issues and work to find creative solutions to global problems.

Dr. Shelton Williams, president, and Dr. Eugene Alpert, vice president, of the Osgood Center have been planning presidential inauguration programs since the 1980s. Our contacts and familiarity with procedures and protocols will serve as an invaluable resource for those attending this program.

We are known for the personal attention we provide our program participants and for the customized instructional model that we utilize to help them achieve their academic and career goals. We strive to make our programs affordable and accessible with attention paid to the special interests of our students and faculty.

REGISTRATION FORM

Online Registration

For more information, contact us at:

Eugene J. Alpert, Ph.D.
Vice President
The Osgood Center for International Studies
1629 K St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
Email: alpert@osgoodcenter.org
Phone: 202-349-1698, X11698
http://www.osgoodcenter.org

Osgood Professional Development Progr@m

Join the Osgood Professional Development Progr@m

The Professional Development Program connects you with a distinguished expert in DC. Together you will design a research topic that benefits the mentor and strengthens your professional skills. In addition, you will attend a weekly seminar with your peers and Dr. Shelton Williams. This is a transformative 6 week experience with a flexible schedule and a tailored design. There are two six-week sessions. One begins June 1 and the other begins July 16, 2021. There is a rolling admission policy, but space is limited.

Model Security Council 2020

September 4-6, 2020

The Osgood Center is proud to invite participants to MODEL SECURITY COUNCIL 2020 which will be held virtually in ZOOM in SEPTEMBER 4-6, 2020. Model Security Council is all about getting you involved –advancing the work of this UN body, enriching your educational experiences, and improving your leadership skills. There are multiple opportunities for students like you to deepen their understanding to face global challenges in a space for diplomatic collaboration, critical thinking, professionalism, and virtual engagement.

Location

The program will take place in Zoom. Meeting IDs and other details will be shared soon. APPLY NOW!

If you would like to participate in Model Security Council 2020, please COMPLETE your registration form. We highly encourage you to apply early.

CONTACT swilliams@osgoodcenter.org for more details!

August 27, 2020 is the DEADLINE TO SUBMIT the Position Papers.

TOPIC: NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY (NPT) REVISITED

March 5, 2020 was an important date for the global community: the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). A month before this relevant day, the Council President, Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve affirmed:

“The members of the Security Council paid tribute to the historical achievements made under the NPT and underlined its essential role in the preservation of international peace, security and stability, as well as the ultimate objective of a world without nuclear weapons. In light of current international geopolitical challenges, they stressed the importance of upholding and strengthening the Treaty.”

Model Security Council 2020 will provide program participants a platform to learn more and to gain experience addressing the three pillars of the NPT: non-proliferation, disarmament, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The program also aims to encourage young professionals to explore and to spark an interest in them in non-proliferation issues. The purpose of the conference will be to revisit and revise the presidential statement of March 5th, 2020.