This recap was provided by Tiffany Tsay, Secretary General of CIAC II.
The second session of the Cornell International Affairs Conference (CIAC) was held in Ithaca, NY from November 17 to November 20. Featuring innovative simulations ranging from the secret Illuminati to the East African Water Wars held in 2020, the delegates were transported out of this world for the duration of the weekend. From the miraculous use of Twitter in the 15th century in the College of Cardinals to the betrayal of the Grand Master in the Illuminati driving the action in each committee, the debate was rigorous and engaging.
Outside of committee sessions, CIAC hosted its first-ever Philanthropy Gala, featuring a gourmet dinner buffet, a wide array of performances ranging from jazz singers to belly dancers, and raffle prizes with proceeds going towards empowering people worldwide. The conference as a whole managed to raise enough money to empower five people through the Kiva foundation. CIAC also invited an exceptional human rights activist and Sudanese refugee, Tragi Mustafa, to take part in the conference for most of the weekend, featuring her as the keynote speaker at Opening Ceremonies as well as an honorary guest at the Philanthropy Gala, allowing delegates the opportunity to interact with her personally.
The competition was fierce between delegations this year but Queen’s University of Kingston, Ontario captured the honor of Best Delegation for the second time in a row. All in all, the Secretariat was pleased to pronounce CIAC II a resounding success! Congratulations to everyone who participated!