On February 20th and 21st, 2015, five political science undergraduates competed in the West Coast Model EU. There were 60 participants from 13 universities on the west coast (University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Western Washington University, University of Washington, University of Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College, Portland State University, University of Oregon, University of Colorado Boulder, Brigham Young, University of Utah, University of Arizona, and the Claremont Colleges). The keynote speaker was Yasmina Sioud, the Deputy Head of Press and Public Diplomacy for the European Union’s Delegation to the United States.
This year, the topics under debate were the extension of the EU’s Youth Guarantee Scheme (targeting the problem of youth unemployment in Europe), and reform to the EU’s battlegroups, the military arm of the Common Foreign and Security Policy. Trenton Marlar and Sydnie Teague represented the heads of state of France and Malta, respectively, and debated the topic of youth unemployment. Rachel Grisham, Jennifer Meissner, and Riker Kasamoto represented the foreign ministers of the Czech Republic, France and Malta, respectively, and debated the topic of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. Jennifer Meissner won the competition’s best position paper award (out of 57 total submissions).
The competitions require intensive preparation, including weekly meetings, writing a position paper and draft resolutions for an assigned country, crafting and delivering a speech on Friday night (for heads of state), and engaging in a 7 hour debate simulation on Saturday. Our students did an excellent job representing the School of Public Policy’s Political Science Program. Fantastic work, Trenton, Sydnie, Rachel, Jennifer, and Riker, and congratulations to Jennifer for her best paper award!