This conference recap was provided by Utsav Rai, the Secretary-General of CIAC IV.
The Cornell International Affairs Society hosted the fourth edition of the Cornell International Affairs Conference (CIAC) in Ithaca on Cornell’s campus from October 17th to 20th. CIAC IV was a raging success from enthusiastic delegates and creative crisis staffers to exciting social events and innovative committees.
This year’s CIAC saw schools from various parts of the US and even Canada. The conference featured Professor Nicolas van de Walle, an eminent scholar in the field of democratization and associated with USAID, World Bank and the UNDP, as the keynote speaker. He addressed delegates on how international relations can effect climate change and the problem of inequality in modern society.
Committees at CIAC IV continued to be groundbreaking, stretching the boundaries in every way possible, from the Iroquois Confederacy and Mad Men to Geronimo: The Hunt for Bin Laden and the Post-Nuclear Apocalypse: UNSC.
CIAC IV featured the inaugural cocktail night aimed at creating an elegant, semi-formal atmosphere for delegates and staffers to mingle and have a good time. The tradition of hosting the delegate dance on Saturday continued with the dance being held at a club near the Cornell campus.
McGill University and SUNY Plattsburgh won the Best Small and Large Delegation Awards respectively at this year’s CIAC, while Queen’s University and Penn State University won the Outstanding Delegation Awards in those same categories.
The secretariat would like to all those who were a part of CIAC IV and we look forward to seeing you all at Cornell for an even better CIAC V!