This recap and photographs have been provided by Ray Li, Director-General of Duke International Security Conference (DISCon)
A record number of delegates attended this year’s DISCon, with delegations from Alabama, Elon, Emory, Pitt, Princeton, Tulane, UNC, Virginia Tech, Washington and Lee, and William and Mary. This year’s crisis theme was “Security Challenges of the 21st Century: The Geopolitical Implications of Cybersecurity.” Delegates answered questions such as: Is cyber-espionage an outgrowth of traditional intelligence activities, or does it represent something categorically new? How will nations utilize these capabilities? Who will benefit from its increasing importance: established great powers with big budgets, middle powers with new flexibility or other actors entirely? Will customary law or an international treaty on the conduct of cyber-warfare emerge?
All of the delegates were fantastic, but two delegations really stood out. The delegation award winners were:
Outstanding Delegation: William and Mary
Best 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.