Preparation

International Relations of the North is a University of Alaska, Fairbanks course that will be taught by Dr. Boylan in the spring semester.  This course is being offered in conjunction with the MAC.

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Accepted students must prepare for their participation well in advance of the MAC. Below are instructions on how they should prepare:

First, once students receive their role assignment, they must conduct independent research on their actor’s position in the Arctic Council and interests in the Arctic region. For example, if a student is assigned the role of the representative from Iceland to the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), she or he would need to understand and simulate Iceland’s position on important projects of this working group from the perspective of Iceland’s general interests in the Arctic.

As an outcome of this research, students must submit a position paper on challenges and opportunities in the Arctic from the perspective of their assigned country or organization to the MAC organizing committee before the conference. Students representing actors in the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) or Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) should focus their paper more specifically on challenges and opportunities related to sustainable development in the Arctic or marine safety and marine environmental protection, respectively. Further details on position papers will be posted at a future time. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the simulation for best papers and best delegations.

Second, students are encouraged to enroll in a course related to the Arctic and/or international relations at their home institution. If the student’s university does not have an Arctic-themed course, she or he is encouraged to pursue an independent study or directed reading or to seek informal guidance from a faculty member. Accepted UAF students should plan to enroll in PS 452 / NORS 652 International Relations of the North in the spring 2016 semester with Dr. Brandon Boylan (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, UAF); please check UAF Course Finder for course details.

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