Recap: DISCon 2013

by Mari on November 19, 2013

This recap and photographs have been provided by Ray Li, Director-General of Duke International Security Conference (DISCon)

The Duke International Relations Association (DIRA) hosted the Duke International Security Conference (DISCon) on the weekend of November 1st-3rd in lovely Durham, North Carolina. DISCon is unique in that it is a 10 way joint crisis conference that pits country committees and non state actors against each other in order to explore how competing strategic interests of existing and emerging powers create conflict, and how policy can be constructed to mitigate these tensions. The conference is executed with cutting edge crisis simulation technology, specifically our online crisis interface, multimedia integration, and inclusion of real-time social media updates.
The delegates of DISCon take in closing ceremonies.

The delegates of DISCon take in closing ceremonies.

DISCon Staff pose at closing ceremonies.

DISCon Staff pose at closing ceremonies.

Tulane poses with their Best Delegation award.

Tulane poses with their Best Delegation award.

The College of William and Mary pose with their Outstanding Delegation award.

The College of William and Mary pose with their Outstanding Delegation award.

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.

If you are interested in coming to DISCon 2014 please email ray.li@nullduke.edu to be added to next year’s mailing list and visit our website at www.discon.org

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