IRC in the News

Northeastern’s New Top ‘Model’
April 3, 2014

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A team of 25 North­eastern stu­dents placed first in the 31st annual National University Model Arab League Conference in Wash­ington, D.C. last month, besting del­e­ga­tions from two dozen col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in Canada, Egypt, and the United States.

The team’s first-​​place finish in the nation’s cap­ital is the latest achieve­ment in a highly suc­cessful 2013–2014 season, during which the Model Arab League club placed first at the north­east regional con­fer­ence and second at the south­east regional conference.

The ‘Model’ of Excellence
February 27, 2014

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A team of North­eastern stu­dents placed first at the 29th Annual Inter­na­tional Model NATO con­fer­ence in Wash­ington D.C. ear­lier this month, besting more than 30 del­e­ga­tions from higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions in the United States, Canada, Bel­gium, and the United Kingdom. But the No. 1 finish is more impres­sive when you con­sider the cir­cum­stances under which the group was named the conference’s most out­standing delegation.

 

Northeastern Shines at Model NATO Conference
February 27, 2013

shines at model NATOThe Northeastern Model NATO student teams represented Latvia and Italy. Both earned first-​​place honors at the con­fer­ence, sharing the top spot with the team from the Royal Mil­i­tary Academy of Canada, which rep­re­sented the United States. The strong showing at the con­fer­ence builds on Northeastern’s past suc­cess; stu­dent teams fin­ished in first place and fifth place at the same event last year. 

Students Honored for ‘Transatlantic’ Thinking
December 12, 2012

neu78805_lowres-590x392With so much of the nation’s for­eign policy focused on its rela­tion­ships with China and the Middle East, it can be easy to over­look some of the United States’ strongest and most enduring allies in Europe. Trudeau—a Navy vet­eran and pres­i­dent of the Stu­dent Vet­erans Orga­ni­za­tion who is pur­suing his under­grad­uate degree through the fed­eral government’s Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram—wrote a paper titled “NATO’s role in the world today” in which he exam­ined how the orga­ni­za­tion must evolve to respond to today’s pressing global problems.

Scenes from Election Day – Al Jazeera
November 7, 2012

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They’re smart at Northeastern University in Boston. Really smart. It’s a private university with about 20,000 students. It’s known for its five-year jobs course, which focuses on placing people into their industry, such as engineering and business. Al Jazeera is at an election watch party on their campus and we’re surrounded by some pretty savvy students.

 

Election Day 2012
November 6, 2012

After months of polit­ical cam­paigning, fiery debates and end­less TV com­mer­cials, voters head to the polls today to deter­mine America’s next president—Democratic incum­bent Barack Obama or Repub­lican chal­lenger Mitt Romney. North­eastern will hold an elec­tion watch party tonight from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at after­HOURS in the Curry Stu­dent Center, fea­turing free food, free t-​​shirts to the first 100 atten­dees, and live calling of local and national elections.

Moving from the Military to Diplomacy – via Northeastern
June 14, 2012

trudeau-590x421Michael Trudeau con­ducted deep-​​sea dives as a sonar officer with the U.S. Navy, the longest of which kept him under­water for 57 days. Now Trudeau, 28, is majoring in polit­ical sci­ence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity through the fed­eral government’s Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram, working to tran­si­tion from a mil­i­tary career into one in secu­rity studies and diplomacy. In May, he trav­eled to Chicago for the Young Atlanti­cist Summit, where his lead­er­ship role with Northeastern’s Model NATO del­e­ga­tion netted him an exclu­sive oppor­tu­nity to attend talks and mingle with the likes of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Sec­re­tary of State Made­line Albright.

3Qs: Representing a new Syria
March 26, 2012

542557_436461516372612_346756781_nEar­lier this month, Northeastern’s Inter­na­tional Rela­tions Council (IRC) sent a del­e­ga­tion to the South­east Regional Model Arab League com­pe­ti­tion, in which the orga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sented Syria. With the unrest that has affected that nation in recent months, the North­eastern del­e­ga­tion took a non­tra­di­tional approach toward rep­re­senting the country, choosing to attend as the Syrian National Council, which is leading the uprising against the gov­ern­ment of Bashar al-​​Assad. We asked IRC pres­i­dent Lara Cole to explain the club’s approach to the com­pe­ti­tion and how recent events in Syria affected the com­pe­ti­tion, in which North­eastern tied for first place.

Northeastern delegation nabs top International Model NATO honors
February 22, 2012

NATONortheastern’s Inter­na­tional Rela­tions Council, which also runs model Arab League and United Nations pro­grams, fielded two del­e­ga­tions rep­re­senting the United Kingdom and Lithuania in the inter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. The event fea­tured teams of col­lege stu­dents from across the United States, Canada, the UK, Italy and Bel­gium.

Triumph of Diplomacy
March 15, 2011

It didn’t take long for a team of 19 North­eastern social sci­ences stu­dents to get into char­acter for the Model NATO Con­fer­ence last month in Wash­ington, D.C. After dividing into two teams of del­e­gates rep­re­senting Bel­gium or Hun­gary, the student-​​diplomats made a strong showing at the mock North Atlantic Treaty Orga­ni­za­tion proceeding.

A Window on the Arab World
July 1, 2010

IMG_6817As part of a unique fel­low­ship in Saudi Arabia, Northeastern ju­nior Matt Cournoyer conversed with high-​​ranking gov­ern­ment offi­cials and wealthy busi­nessmen, toured univer­si­ties, and observed the local cus­toms of Saudi life on every­thing from reli­gion to business. The fellowship’s goal was to intro­duce Amer­ican stu­dents to all aspects of Saudi cul­ture, and Cournoyer said the expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­nity left him much wiser, inspired and glob­ally enlightened.

 

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