The MSSU Model UN Club recently attended the Midwest Model United Nations Conference in St. Louis, Feb. 20-23, where it represented the Republic of Azerbaijan, a former Soviet state strategically located between Russia and Iran. 

Before the conference, the eight  participating students researched important global issues and prepared positions reflective of  Azerbaijan’s foreign policy.  During the conference, they worked with students playing the roles of approximately 65 other UN member states, from colleges and universities throughout the Midwest, to find solutions to the topics on the conference agenda.

The attached document lists the agenda topics and the students who sat in the respective committees during this year’s conference. For more information about the conference, see http://www.mmun.org/

MSSU’s  head delegate, Wil Kimbrel, senior History major from Joplin, received an “Honorable Mention” award for his work on the Security Council simulation, brokering negotiations between Iran and Israel and drafting a resolution calling for the withdrawal of Armenia from the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh. 

Dr. Paul Teverow  of the MSSU History Department and Dr. William Kumbier of the English and Philosophy Department who co-sponsor the Club, accompanied the delegation. Along with faculty sponsors from other universities, they attended sessions on best practices for preparing students for Model UN conferences and for improving the MMUN simulation.