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.

TexMUN – Houston 2020

February 7-9, 2020
University of Houston  |  Honors College

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.

Texas Model United Nations

Whether you seek to strengthen your diplomatic skills, deepen your knowledge on global issues, or connect with other students in the fields of international affairs, foreign policy, and human rights, TEXMUN 2020 will provide you the opportunity to learn from other delegates while you discuss today’s most important global issues.

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

Texas Model United NationsNow, the Osgood Center is proud to invite participants to TEXAS MODEL UN 2020 (TEXMUN 2020) which will be held at the University of Houston from FEBRUARY 7-9, 2020.

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.

From 2015 to present, Osgood Center has staged Texas Model UN (TEXMUN) in various locations around the state.

Texas Model United Nations

Renewing its commitments, this year the Osgood Center proudly invites delegations to attend TEXMUN 2020 which will be held in the University of Houston, The Honors College, located at 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX 77204 to participate in a world-class learning experience. When students like you attend TEXMUN, they all bring different perspectives and approaches to tackle globally relevant issues in an authentic space for diplomacy, critical thinking, and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Information and Materials

About the Conference

The Honors College - University of HoustonLocation

The Honors College is housed in the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library (building 509), room 212.

University of Houston - MapRegistration

If you would like to participate in TEXMUN 2020, please COMPLETE your registration and payment process by DECEMBER 31, 2019. While there may be space available in January 2020, we highly encourage you to apply early.

The deadline to submit the positions papers for TEXMUN 2020 is JANUARY 24TH, 2020 by 11:59 P.M. (Eastern time). Papers should be sent in PDF format to: rv2219@tc.columbia.edu.

Hotel Information

We encourage you to plan ahead to get a convenient, comfortable, and safe place to stay at while attending TEXMUN 2020. The first five listings are traditional hotels, located in the downtown and Greenway areas of town. We suggest you to check rates for quadruple rooms.

Airbnb is also an option. Nice rentals at affordable rates near the UH campus as well as midtown and Montrose neighborhoods.

Payment

Washington Experience Application

Please provide the name and contact information (phone, email, address) of someone we have your permission to contact in case of an emergency. This is the person you give us permission to disclose any relevant health information if such circumstances warrant us to do so.

TexMUN – Houston 2019

Lee College, Houston, Texas
February 1-3, 2019

The Osgood Center for International Studies firmly believes in the positive effects of Model United Nations simulations. For the last 11 years, the Osgood Center has trained students from all around the world in Model United Nations and Model Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, inspiring and encouraging the creation of Model United Nations programs in various high schools and universities globally.

The Osgood Center’s annual Model United Nations program, the International Model United Nations, was first held 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 January of 2015, the first TexMUN was held in Abilene, Texas, in Austin, Texas during 2016 and 2017, and in Waco, Texas in 2018.

With much excitement, the Osgood Center is happy to announce that the next TexMUN will be held at Lee College on February 1-3, 2019.

The 2019 TexMUN conference will be comprised of a:

  • General Assembly First Committee
  • General Assembly Second Committee
  • General Assembly Third Committee
  • Security Council

Position Papers

**For award consideration, all position papers should be submitted no later than January 18, 2019.**

Please email all papers in a PDF file type to your Secretary General, Rosanna Vargas.

About the Conference

REGISTRATION

The conference will take place at various sites on the Lee College Campus, and registration will be held in Rundell Hall, which is located on Lee Drive between the Huddle Building and the college library. See the Campus Map. Registration will take place in the Rundell Hall Conference Center.

DIRECTIONS

On the Lee College website, you will find detailed driving directions to Rundell Hall as well as a link to a general campus map.

LODGING

Hotels close to Lee College

PARKING

Parking is free. If you are driving a car, on Friday afternoon we recommend that you park in either Parking lot 1, 2, 4 or 11. Each parking location has handicapped accessible parking. On Saturday and Sunday, visitors may park in any lot, except spots marked as reserved 24 hours or designated for permit parking.


Shelton WilliamsOpening Speaker

Dr. Shelton WilliamsPresident, Osgood Center for International Studies

TexmUN Committee Chairs

Rosanna VargasSecurity Council Committee Chair, Secretary General

Rosanna VargasRosanna graduated from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) in 2016 where she earned a Master in International Education Management. Prior to that academic experience in California, as a Fulbright scholar, he earned a Master in Curriculum Design and Instruction with a concentration in Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2013, and a Bachelor in Law at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in 2011. She has relevant experience in educational leadership, academic program design and, international curriculum planning. She has had multiple professional and academic experiences internationally. She has conducted specialized workshops for and, has collaborated on National Model United Nations (MUN DC), Texas Model United Nations (TEX MUN 2017), Model Security Council Osgood Center 2017, the Conferencia International de las Américas (CILA, MUN DR) as an academic advisor and coordinator. Recently, she chaired a committee focused on migration, vulnerable populations and international security at UFHEC Model United Nations in Santo Domingo.

Eric Vining
General Assembly First Committee Chair

Eric ViningEric Vining is the Legislative Director to State Representative Mike Schofield (R-Katy) at the Texas House of Representatives in Austin. Eric is also currently a graduate student a Texas State University, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus in city planning and urban design. Eric completed his undergraduate studies at Baylor University, where he graduated with majors in Political Science and Journalism. During his time at Baylor, Eric was a member of Baylor MUN, and competed at American Model United Nations in Chicago, Illinois, National Model United Nations in New York, New York, and at TexMUN in 2014, where he was awarded “Best Delegate” in the Historic Security Council simulation as the People’s Republic of China. Eric has chaired committees at three Model UN conferences – Contemporary Security Council at Baylor Model United Nations in 2014 and 2016, and the General Assembly First Committee at TexMUN’s 2016 conference in Austin.

Xuan Zhu
General Assembly Second Committee Chair

Xuan ZhuXuan graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2014. He earned a Master of Public Administration in two majors: Policy Research and Analysis as well as Energy and Environment Policy. Before he obtained this double degree, he graduated from China Foreign Affairs University in 2011 where he earned 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 graduate school, Xuan had several interesting working experiences. His background includes working as an intern editor for Xinhua News Agency, doing an internship in private companies such as Siemens China, a part-time translator, and a public servant in the Chinese government. He was also a rigorous volunteer in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Xuan works with the Osgood Center since 2013, and he became an associate director in early 2015. He has vast experience in Model United Nations. He chaired the 2016, and 2017 TexMUN Model APEC, where he combines his knowledge of Asian policies, international trade, legal issues and, energy affairs.

Megan E. Finkbeiner
General Assembly Third Committee Chair

Megan FinkbeinerMegan is in her senior year studying International Advocacy to complete a BA in Communication and Philosophy at Alma College. Megan is currently interning with the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and will work there to help progress the work to ensure rights for North Korean’s. At Alma College, Megan is a member of the Model United Nations team and has represented multiple Member States on a variety of committees over the past three years including Brazil in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Morocco in the General Assembly Third Committee, Thailand also in the General Assembly Third Committee and Sudan in the Commission for Social Development (CSocD). Prior to her internship with HRNK, she recently finished working with Shiv Nadar Schools in New Delhi, India to set up a Model UN program for the Faridabad branch of the school system in order to increase youth involvement in international politics, particularly the way in which climate change is a threat multiplier for global security.

2019 Continuity and Change in American Leadership

Two Weeks: Jan. 6-19, 2019
One Week: Jan. 6-12, 2019 or Jan. 13-19, 2019

January Leadership ProgramA seemingly new era in American politics and international relations is presenting the U.S. profound challenges to established approaches to education, business, journalism, politics, diplomacy and even science. This program brings together leading journalists, analysts, diplomats, and educators to examine the significance of the times and to explore what is new, what is ephemeral, and what is lasting. Informed speakers, visits to Washington institutions, and diverse student participation will make this a unique experiential learning opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders.

The Osgood Center for International Studies invites your institution to participate in an academic seminar that past participants have said has transformed their views of our nation’s most important issues, inspired them to follow in the footsteps of leaders they admire, and dedicate themselves to an action-oriented future in society.

To accommodate various types of academic calendars, we are offering both a two-week program, ideal for Jan Term schools, or a one-week program for those institutions not quite starting their spring semester. Also, accommodations are available before and after the program for institutions seeking to arrange their own additional instructional time.

Why this Osgood Center Program?

What is unique about this program is that the Osgood Center consults with faculty attending the program with their students in order to cover preferred topics and may help arrange site visits that fit their academic focus. Whether this involves an emphasis on politics, domestic policy, foreign policy, the role of the media and interest groups, various public policy issues or even the arts and humanities or sciences, we often can arrange appropriate activities to suit your preferences. This is YOUR program, one that we develop with your input. We keep the size of the program manageable so most students are able to ask their questions and interact with the speakers. Staff are easy accessible and students are able to interact more with those from other institutions.

Here are the program options and details:

Two-week program
Jan. 6-19, 2019
Program Cost: $750

One-Week Program
Jan. 6-12, 2019 or Jan. 13-19, 2019
Program Cost: $500 per week

Very affordable housing options available. Please contact us for more information.

There is no program charge for the faculty, but they are responsibility for the cost of their housing. Food, transportation and other personal expenses are also not included.

What we provide:

A bus tour of major D.C. sights, an Osgood Center promotional item and a reception with a speaker during week two. We will generally provide two speaker sessions in the morning and generally one site visit in the afternoon, unless faculty desire to arrange their own visits and afternoon schedule. The site visits will be customized to reflect the interests of the faculty leading the group. During week two we will provide a ticket for each student to the Newseum. Time will be available for small group meetings for discussion and reflection.

Deadlines and Payments

Reservations (via email) from institutions will be accepted until spaces are filled. We are limiting the program to under 100 students and faculty. Deadline for applications is December 3, but registrations may still be accepted if space is available. Housing costs may increase the closer to the start of the program, so we encourage early applications.

Payment in full is required by December 10, 2018 unless other arrangements are made. Housing payment may be required at an earlier time to guarantee rates. Requests (in writing via email) for a full refund minus a $150 administrative fee are possible until December 15, 2018. No refunds are available for any reason after that date. To avoid disappointment due to illness, inclement weather, change of plans, etc., we encourage participants to consider travel insurance.

The Osgood Center Difference

Dr. Shelton Williams and Dr. Eugene Alpert, president and vice president, respectively, of the Osgood Center, have been leading academic seminar programs since the 1980s. Our contacts and familiarity with procedures and protocols will serve as an invaluable resource for those attending this program and help ensure that Washington’s resources become fully accessible to those with diverse interests.

About the Osgood Center

The Osgood Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers short-term foreign policy and experiential learning programs for graduate, college, and, occasionally, high school 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.

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.

For more information and to make reservations, 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
@osgoodcenter

Summer Symposium on Global Economy and Security

NMUN annually draws participants from more than 130 UN Member States to address current global issues. Our experiential learning programs, including the world’s largest university-level Model UN, provide students with a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. Students benefit from our longstanding partnership with the UN and utilize simulation procedural rules developed decades ago with UNITAR. Our New York conferences culminate at UN Headquarters with thousands of students in attendance.

Summer Institute on Global Economic and Security Order

The Osgood Institute on the Global Economic and Security Order:
Concepts, Conflict, and Cooperation
Washington D.C.
July 19-August 9, 2018

Program Description

The Osgood Institute is a three-week long program aiming at improving students’ understanding of international affairs, engaging students with first-line practitioners and organizations in the world of international relations, and helping students forge their own career path in this field.

The Institute offers an in-depth analysis of the historical evolution of the international system, international economics, and current issues in international affairs. During the institute, participants will be able to have interactions with ambassadors, senators, Generals, journalists and other first-line practitioners in IR world. Visits and seminars in various think tanks, international institutions, embassies, and government agencies located in Washington, DC are included so that participants will not only be able to understand how these organizations operate, but also learn how people in these organizations start their career and build up their career paths. For participants willing to pursue graduate studies, there will be opportunities to engage with admissions officials, former students and professors from programs at renowned graduate schools in Washington DC.

Why the Institute

The Osgood Center supports international affairs education across the board, but it has a special interest in helping students who are interested in qualifying for graduate schools in international affairs. Each such school has its own emphases, but in general entry into these institutions requires more than good grades and high GRE scores. It even requires more than solid TOEFL scores or extensive course work in Political Science. Typically, these programs seek applicants with relevant practical backgrounds, study abroad experience, multi-disciplinary courses, knowledgeable mentors who write excellent letters of recommendation, focused essays, and strong sense of personal direction (re careers and goals). Perhaps this is why the average entering age for students in professional schools of international affairs is now 26.

As an international student you may not be aware of these requirements. As an American student, you may have assumed that professional schools and traditional International Relations concentrations within Political Science programs have similar requirements. The Osgood Center Institute can help clarify the expectations, issues, and experiences that can assist in your efforts with APSIA schools. It can help you fulfill the requirements. The Institute is five weeks long. It is conducted in English. It offers participants in depth analysis of the historical evolution of the international system, international economics, and current issues in international affairs while also allowing participants to interact with renowned professors, current and former practitioners, and journalists. Participants also Perhaps most importantly, the participants meet Admissions officials, former students and professors from programs at Georgetown Walsh School, Johns Hopkins SAIS, George Washington Elliott School and the American University School of International Service.

Washington, DC is a strategic information hub. The Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Hudson Institute, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International scholars are just a few of the institutions whose open lectures participants will visit. The Department of State, the Pentagon, the IMF, and the World Bank are also in DC and will host the participants in briefing sessions. Journalists from Politico, Foreign Policy Magazine, the Washington Post, and others will host or meet the students.

At the end of the institute, students will have a far better understanding of international affairs and what next steps they must take to forge a career path in this field. International students will have mastered an advanced program in English far from home and American students will have met and interacted socially and intellectually with students from other countries and cultures. Students will earn a certificate from the Institute.

Dates and Location

This program will be held in Washington D.C. from July 19 to August 9, 2018.

Program Cost

The program cost is $2995 for three weeks. However, participants can choose to attend two weeks’ for $2095 or for $845 any single week. Application fee is $150. Full payment is expected one month before your participation.

Housing

Housing is the responsibility of each participant. For affordable housing options in the DC area, please contact us to reserve appropriate space.

Scholarship

Scholarships starting from $500 to full scholarship is available. To apply for scholarship, please provide your relevant FAFSA information or special circumstances attached to your application.

Eligibility

Eligibility to apply is limited to students who have finished their sophomore year of college through three years post college graduation. We expect you to be in good standing academically with your home institution and that you can provide an unofficial transcript if requested.

Refund Policy

Full payment due by June 1, 2017. No refunds after June 20, 2017.

Application Process

To apply for the program, please fill in the application form and mail or email to us. Mailing address and email address is at the bottom of the application form. The Program is filling up quickly. Be sure to send in your Program Applications quickly to secure your spots! Applications accepted as long as space is available.

For more information, please contact us:

The Osgood Center
1629 K. St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
Contact: swilliams@osgoodcenter.org
or call: 202-349-1698, X11698

TexMUN – Waco 2018

February 2-4, 2018

The Osgood Center for International Studies firmly believes in the positive effects of Model United Nations simulations. For the last 11 years, the Osgood Center has trained students from all around the world in Model United Nations and Model Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, inspiring and encouraging the creation of Model United Nations programs in various high schools and universities the world over. The Osgood Center’s annual Model United Nations program, the International Model United Nations, was first held 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 each fall. In January of 2015, the first TexMUN was held in Abilene, Texas and in Austin, Texas during 2016 and 2017. With much excitement, the Osgood Center is happy to announce that the next TexMUN will be held at Baylor University on February 2-4, 2018. The 2018 TexMUN conference will be comprised of a General Assembly First Committee (GA1), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the Security Council (SC).

Colorful flags of the world outside of the United Nations building in New York City.Position Papers

**For award consideration, all position papers should be submitted no later than January 15, 2018.**

Information and Materials

Download the TexMUN Flyer
Available Countries and Committees: Country Matrix 2018.
Download our TexMUN Registration Form, and view payment options.
Registration and payment forms should be submitted to Dr. Shelton Williams at: swilliams@osgoodcenter.org
See the Rules of Procedure. Business professional attire required.

Background Guides Made available during October 2017.

General Assembly First: [Curbing the Illicit Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons; Combating Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones]
Asia-Pacific Cooperation: [Topics to be determined]
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization: [World Heritage Sites: Balancing Tourism and Preservation; Education and Science for Agriculture in Africa]
Security Council: [Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction; Peace and Security in Africa]


TexMUN Committee Chairs

Darby Capps
Security Council Committee Chair, Secretary General

Darby CappsDarby is the founder of Social Kinetics, a digital marketing and website development company in Oklahoma City. She has a bachelors in political science and journalism, and is an Archer alum. Presently, she is a graduate student at Oklahoma University pursuing a masters degree in Professional Counseling. Darby began working with the Osgood Center in 2014 as a Program Associate and is now the Model United Nations Director.
Since 2011, Darby has competed in and served on collegiate Model UN conferences across the globe. She was an award winning delegate at NMUN in New York, SRMUN in Atlanta, LAMUN in the Galapagos, and NMUN in South Korea. In 2014 and 2015, Darby served as a chair and then the Secretary General of the Model Security Council in Washington, D.C. In 2015 and 2016, she served as the chair of the TexMUN Model Security Council. Lastly, in 2016, Darby was the Secretary General of the 2016 and 2017 TexMUN Conference in Austin, Texas.

Xuan Zhu
APEC Committee Chair
Xuan ZhuXuan 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 law, majoring in Diplomacy and International Affairs. His current interests lies in Asian Development as well as energy and environment issues. His background includes media, economics, and public service prior to his graduate study. Xuan has been helping with the Osgood Center since the summer of 2013 and became the Assistant Director in early 2015. He chaired the 2016, and 2017 TexMUN Model APEC meeting in Austin, Texas.

Eric Vining
GA2 Committee Chair

Eric ViningEric is the Legislative Director to State Representative Mike Schofield (R-Katy) at the Texas House of Representatives in Austin. Eric is also currently a graduate student a Texas State University, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus in city planning and urban design. Eric completed his undergraduate studies at Baylor University, where he graduated with majors in Political Science and Journalism. During his time at Baylor, Eric was a member of Baylor MUN, and competed at American Model United Nations in Chicago, Illinois, National Model United Nations in New York, New York, and at TexMUN in 2014, where he was awarded “Best Delegate” in the Historic Security Council simulation as the People’s Republic of China. Eric has chaired committees at three Model UN conferences – Contemporary Security Council at Baylor Model United Nations in 2014 and 2016, and the General Assembly First Committee at TexMUN’s 2016 conference in Austin.


Hotel Information
Comfort Suites (recommended)
2700 La Salle Ave
Waco, Texas, 76706
Other hotels are near the university

Flight Information
The nearest airports is Waco Regional (ACT), serviced only by American Airlines. Next closest is Killeen-Fort Hood Regional (GRK), serviced by American, Delta, and United. Other airport options are Dallas-Love, DFW, Austin, and College Station.

For more information, please contact us:

Osgood Center for International Studies
1629 K. St, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20006
swilliams@osgoodcenter.org
or call: 202-349-1698, X11698