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Dear Students, Faculty, and Guests,

On behalf of the Institute for Domestic and International Affairs Inc., I would like to invite you to attend Rutgers Model Congress 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey from April 14th through April 17th.

Rutgers Model Congress (RMC) is a four-day debate conference that simulates the workings of Congress, providing students with the opportunity to engage in domestic policy issues that affect the population at large. While participating in different Congressional committees that highlight various aspects of the U.S. government, students take on the roles of legislators and other important figures. Delegates will be presented with domestic issues that they will have to research and debate in order to realistically represent their constituents, as well as cooperate with others to draft and vote on legislation. Through its emphasis on student cooperation and engaged learning, RMC provides a dynamic experience for its delegates that helps build public speaking and critical thinking skills. The conference is staffed by hard-working Rutgers students that prepare a year in advance by researching the issues, writing the policy briefs, and coming up with a variety of ideas on how to make the conference more beneficial for its delegates. Throughout the conference the staff will provide guidance, assistance, and help to make sure that students do not go home disappointed and have fully taken advantage of what our conferences can provide. By the end of the weekend, RMC delegates will have a better understanding of the complexities that legislators face when considering solutions and more importantly, how different policies affect each and every one of us as U.S. residents. These skills and knowledge that result from direct participation and organic discussion will serve our delegates in the future both as students, and as civil citizens. RMC encourages and facilitates delegates to become their own social agents by helping to provide the framework to independently and pragmatically analyze political issues. RMC 2011 will seek to help students understand how their participation and position in the U.S. government can have an impact on the future of the United States and on the rest of the world.

The educational focus of RMC 2011 will consider the United States as an international actor. While most students recognize that in recent history the U.S. has played a large role internationally, this conference will seek to help understand how foreign policy originates, how the United States is often seen as a standard, and how what may appear to be solely domestic issues, can have latent effects on our trading partners, neighbors, and the entire international community. Students will be faced with the domestic and global implications of U.S. polices in both its legislative and executive aspects. The United States is currently involved in two wars abroad, in international economic and diplomatic efforts to sustain relationships and the economy, in foreign aid endeavors; it is also struggling domestically to deal with issues such as trade, the environment, and global social issues such as immigration. All of these aspects of U.S. policies and influence profoundly affect individuals in the world regardless of citizenship. Ten years after September 11th 2001, which forever changed the world and the United States? involvement in it, RMC will attempt to reevaluate and understand the responsibilities that come with being a global power in order to secure a safer, healthier, and more balanced United States and world.

This educational focus will be carried out through topics in general committees as well as several advanced committees. The Historic National Security Council of 2001 will re-evaluate foreign policy decisions in regards to Afghanistan, allowing students to quickly respond to a world-changing event in its historical moment in time. In the U.S. Department of State students will face the complexities and barriers to diplomatic approaches in regards to the political and humanitarian crises in Sudan. Students in this committee will be helping the Secretary of State plan a diplomatic trip to the region. In International Press Corps students will have the opportunity to represent foreign media outlets to report on the domestic issues at hand through the lens of international perspectives and interests. Students in the U.S. Department of the Treasury will attempt to secure the transatlantic economy by taking into consideration how the U.S. uses its budget domestically and those economic implications abroad, while also discussing how to cooperate with other global actors. Those in the Historic Presidential Cabinet of 1919 will have to take up the controversy of adopting the League of Nations at a time when the United States questioned its role in a greater international community. The Supreme Court will be addressing the constitutionality of domestic social legislation in regards to immigration and domestic terrorism, which are inherently international concerns. In addition, the Senate Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics will deeply deal with the issues of drug policies across the Americas by addressing the various diplomatic, political, social, and economic concerns in relation to the war on drugs that unites the entire hemisphere.

Registration for RMC 2011 will open on December 1, 2010.

If you have any questions or concerns about the conference or registration process, or would like more information about RMC 2011 and any other IDIA conferences please do not hesitate to contact us. We greatly welcome your input and would love to here from you. Thank you for your interest, and I warmly look forward to your presence at Rutgers Model Congress 2011!

Natasha Bennett
Executive Director
Rutgers Model Congress 2011

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