A record number of delegates attended this year’s DISCon, with delegations from the University of Pennsylvania, Emory, Tulane, Elon, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of North Carolina, Pennsylvania State University, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, and William and Mary. This year’s crisis theme was “Central Asia and the Energy Challenge: Overcoming the Natural Resource Curse.” The delegates explored how resource dynamics and increasing wealth in Central Asia affect regional and domestic politics in the context of pre-existing issues of ethnic heterogeneity and inequitable power dynamics. All delegates did a fantastic job of tackling the fast paced crises that our staff threw at them from negotiating pipeline deals with the Shell or Exxon Mobil committees to establishing multinational water treaties.
Best Delegation: University of Pennsylvania
Outstanding Delegation: Tulane University
We hope all delegates enjoyed the crisis simulation, the social event at the infamous Shooters Saloon (we hope you rode the mechanical bull or danced in the cage), and the beautiful campus of Duke University.