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Harvard International Relations Council

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The Harvard International Relations Council (HIRC) is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote awareness of international relations based out of Harvard University. As several semi-independent but centrally funded programs, the IRC focuses on a number of different outreach areas in an attempt to engage and inform people on international issues and policy-making. Programs within the IRC include:

  • Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN)
  • Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN)
  • Harvard Intercollegiate Model United Nations (ICMUN)
  • Harvard International Review (HIR)
  • Harvard Program in International Education (HPIE)
  • Harvard International Relations on Campus (IRoC)
  • Model Security Council (MSC).
Harvard International Relations Council
Harvard International Relations Council Logo.jpg
AbbreviationHIRC
Formation1955 (formally incorporated in 1974)
TypeNGO 501(C)3
04-2581946
PurposeEducation
Location
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
Official language
English
President
Pedro Luis Cunha Farias
Main organ
Board of Directors
AffiliationsUnited Nations Department of Public Information
Revenue (2015)
$827,594[1]
Websitewww.harvardirc.org

The IRC is also the largest student organization at Harvard College, and the largest student nonprofit a registered 501(c)(3)[2] The organization is run entirely by undergraduate students, and it is an affiliated non-governmental organization with the United Nations Department of Public Information.[3]

Contents

Harvard IRC StaffEdit

The IRC Staff is chosen by the IRC Board of Directors, who are chosen by group members in an annual election alongside the election for IRC President. Following the election, IRC Corporate Officers are elected by the Board of Directors and hold their corporate position until the election of a new Board of Directors. These officers head operations that allow to best promote international education and social impact, to manage its programs in a financially sound and sustainable manner, and to maintain its status as a non-profit corporation and an accredited NGO.

Reporting to the president, the IRC Central vice-presidential organize and manage the internal logistics the IRC, including project management, social planning, and technology. Vice presidents report directly to the President of the IRC and carry out the inter-program initiatives proposed by the Board of Directors.

Harvard Model United NationsEdit

Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) is one of the oldest Model United Nations simulations in the world having been founded in 1953 when the Harvard student group that had been simulating the League of Nations since the 1920s decided to start a new simulation to reflect the new organization that had been established at the end of World War II.[4][5] Every year, students from around the world attend the conference, which is currently held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. The next session of HMUN will be the sixty-sixth session, and it will be held from January 24 to January 27, 2019. Due to conference expansion, HMUN 2019 will be the largest conference in its storied history, with over 3300 delegates in attendance. As such, the conference will also hold committee sessions at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

Like many Model United Nations simulations, HMUN offers committees in four main categories:

Delegates may be tasked to represent countries or role-play famous individuals and cabinet members, and must work to solve problems through debate and compromise to achieve policy-making goals while still representing the interests of their assigned role.

StaffEdit

The HMUN 2017 conference had a staff of 235 Harvard undergraduates.

Staff members are organized into three groups: the Secretariat, the Senior Staff, and the Junior Staff.[6]

SecretariatEdit

The Secretariat consists of the top-level officers of Harvard Model United Nations who oversee all branches and activities of the conference.

There are nine Secretariat members: the Secretary-General, who is responsible for the conference as a whole, the Director-General, who is the administrative head of the conference, the Comptroller, who is responsible for conference finances, and six Under-Secretaries-General in the various branches of the conference: administration, business, Innovation & Technology, and the three substantive organs, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council & Regional Bodies, and the Specialized Agencies. The DG, Comptroller, Administration, and Business organs comprise the executive organs, and Innovation and Technology is both a substantive and an executive organ.

The Secretary-General is elected annually in March by the Board of Directors of the IRC and the outgoing staff of the previous conference. He or she is traditionally a member of the past year's Secretariat, along with the Director-General. The remaining Secretariat members are appointed by the Secretary-General in coordination with the Secretary-General of HNMUN. For HMUN 2018, Andrew R. Chang will serve as Secretary-General and Marija Jevtic will serve as Director-General. [7]

Senior StaffEdit

The senior staff, like the secretariat, includes both executive and substantive staffers.

On the executive side, senior staff are the direct deputies of their respective USG. Each organ has several senior staff filling various responsibilities:

Director-General Organ:

  • Deputy-Director-General: General assistant to the DG on hotel and tech related issues. Officially in charge of the conference when the Secretariat is in meetings or otherwise unavailable.
  • Senior Director of Security: Manages security staff and operations.
  • Director of Technology: Manages computer labs and provides technical support.
  • Director of Special Projects: Occasionally appointed to work on long term conference related projects.

The administration organ has several directors of administration who are the immediate assistants to the USG and who respond to questions about the conference and manage conference registration, and the business organ similarly has several directors of business, responsible for ad sales and conference amenities like catering. The comptroller organ has two assistant comptrollers.

On the substantive side, senior staff consist of committee directors, who are the substantive authorities for each committee and prepare the study guides that serve as the foundational documents for delegate preparation, and crisis directors, who coordinate crisis scenarios on continual crisis committees.

The Innovation and Technology (formerly substantive support) organ includes committee directors, directors of crisis and multimedia who handle presentations, and directors of faculty relations who are the primary point of contact for faculty advisers.

Junior StaffEdit

Again, junior staff vary from organ to organ, and can be split into executive and substantive staffers.

On the executive side, each organ has specialized assistant directors (ADs):

  • the DG organ has several ADs of security,
  • the administration organ has several ADs of administration,
  • the business organ has several ADs of business,

and each of these ADs assist their respective senior staff and USG with their duties.

On the substantive side:

  • moderators moderate debate and enforce the rules of procedure, and
  • assistant directors prepare supplemental research and assist committee directors with running each committee

The substantive support organ has similar assistants to the committee directors.

AwardsEdit

Like most Model UN conferences, HMUN recognizes exceptional delegates and schools with awards at the end of the conference. Awards are given to the delegates who demonstrate strong preparation, excellent speaking skills, adherence to national policy, and exceptional abilities of compromise and negotiation, and they are awarded by the directors of each committee. The number of awards on a committee varies by size, but each committee gives out at least one of each of the following awards:

  • Best Delegate
  • Outstanding Delegate
  • Honorable Mention

Unlike many conferences, HMUN does not give Verbal Commendations.

Based on the number delegates receiving awards, awards are then given to the delegations that represent the best collection of delegates.

HMUN ChinaEdit

After 57 years of successful Model UN in Boston, Massachusetts, HMUN has expanded its global reach by jumping to the East. In March 2010, with the help of WELAND International, HMUN brought a chapter of its conference to Beijing for the first successful run of HMUN China with over 1,000 delegates in attendance split across 13 different committees.

In 2011, HMUN China moved to Shanghai. For 2012, HMUN China returned to Beijing, hosted in the Beijing International Convention Center, with 15 committees and over 1,000 delegates.

In 2013, HMUN China moved across town to the Crowne Plaza Sun Palace, increasing the conference to 16 committees for 1,300 delegates. The conference brought in students from over 27 countries to participate in four days of debate. The 2013 session increased the diversity of its committees, running 5 Specialized Agencies and a range of present-day and historical Regional Bodies, including simulations of the Global Health Cluster, the Pakatan Rakyat, and the 1814 Congress of Vienna.[8]

Since 2015, HMUN has partnered with co-hosts Alpha Partners Education to continue the conference's growth and development. The 2016 session was held March 17–20 in Beijing.[9]

HMUN IndiaEdit

HMUN India 2011 - The First SessionEdit

In August 2011, over 1200 delegates from across India and some other countries (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, etc.) took part in the first HMUN India session, which took place at World Trade Centre, Mumbai, India. This event was co-hosted by Indian Model United Nations Society.

HMUN India 2012 - The Second SessionEdit

The second session of HMUN India took place at the Hyderabad International Convention Center in Hyderabad, India from the 16 to 19 August 2012. This was co-hosted by MUN Cafe- a brand of Worldview Education Services. HMUN India 2012 had over 900 delegates from 110 schools across 24 cities in over 15 countries. Karachi Grammar School, Pakistan was declared the Best Large Delegation at the conference.

HMUN India 2013 - The Third SessionEdit

The third session of HMUN India was recently held again at The Hyderabad International Convention Center from the 15th to 18 August. This was co-hosted yet again with MUN Cafe. The conference witnessed participation of over 1200 students from across 28 cities in 8 countries. The highlights of the 3rd session included the Speaker Series with an elite panel of speakers including the Key Note at the Opening Ceremony delivered by Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize winner- 2007- The UN Inter-governmental panel on Climate Change. Karachi Grammar School, Pakistan retained its title as the Best Large Delegation at the conference.

HMUN India 2014 - The Fourth SessionEdit

The fourth Session of HMUN was yet again held at the Hyderabad International Convention Center and co-hosted by MUN Cafe. The conference saw a greater participation compared to its last session. This time the organizing committee experimented with something they called the Morning Plenary every morning for an hour wherein they re-capped what had been done the day before and showcased some of the entries for the HMUN India IMPACT awards - Videos of NGOs and groups working towards the accomplishment of the Millennium Development goals.

The Special Application committees in this session included

  1. Security Council
  2. Historical Security Council
  3. English Civil War - Long Parliament
  4. Press Corps[10]

Harvard National Model United NationsEdit

 
Harvard National Model United Nations logo

Harvard National Model United Nations or HNMUN is the longest running college-level Model United Nations simulation in the world and among the largest in the United States.[11] HNMUN is an annual four-day event held in February, composed of three thousand university students of which half tend to be international students. The conference is held every year at the Boston Park Plaza.

Awards are conferred upon individual delegates in their respective committees and to delegations in the categories of best small, best large, and best international delegation.

In 2012, a regional HNMUN was established, Harvard National Model United Nations - Latin America, held in a similar fashion as Harvard World Model United Nations.

HNMUN ConferencesEdit

Session Year Secretary-General Director-General Conference Venue Delegation Awards
LIII 2007 Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation:
United Netherlands
Outstanding Large Delegation:
Best Small Delegation:
Best International Delegation:
United Netherlands
LIV 2008 Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation:
University of Pennsylvania
Outstanding Large Delegation:
United Netherlands
Best Small Delegation:
Florida International University
Best International Delegation:
Universidad Católica Andrés Bello
LV 2009 Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation:
Yale University
Outstanding Large Delegation:
University of Chicago
Best Small Delegation:
United States Military Academy
Best International Delegation:
United Netherlands
LVI 2010 Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation:
Outstanding Large Delegation:
Best Small Delegation:
Best International Delegation:
United Netherlands
LVII 2011 Ricky Hanzich Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation:
Yale University
Outstanding Large Delegation:
University of Chicago
Best Small Delegation:
United States Military Academy
Best International Delegation:
Universidad Metropolitana
LVIII 2012 Dominik P. Nieszporowski Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation:
Yale University
Outstanding Large Delegation:
University of Chicago
Best Small Delegation:
George Washington University
Best International Delegation:
Universidad Simón Bolívar
LIX 2013 Gillian Farrell Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation:
University of Pennsylvania
Outstanding Large Delegation:
University of Chicago
Best Small Delegation:
United States Military Academy
Best International Delegation:
Universidad Católica Andrés Bello
LX 2014 Richard Ebright Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation:
University of Chicago
Outstanding Large Delegation:
Florida International University
Best Small Delegation:
University of Miami
Best International Delegation:
Institut d'etudes politiques de Lille
LXI 2015 Jeffrey Schroeder Marriott Copley Place Hotel Best Large Delegation:
Outstanding Large Delegation:
Best Small Delegation:
Best International Delegation:
Universidad Central de Venezuela
LXII 2016 Aman Rizvi Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation:
Outstanding Large Delegation:
Best Small Delegation:
Best International Delegation:
Universidad Simón Bolívar
LXIII 2017 Bennett E. Vogt Aaisha Shah Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation:
Universidad Católica Andrés Bello
Outstanding Large Delegation:
University of Chicago
Best Small Delegation:
Universidad Simón Bolívar
Best International Delegation:
Universidad Católica Andrés Bello
LXIV 2018 Sarah S. Anderson Annie Warnke Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation:
University of Chicago
Outstanding Large Delegation:
Florida International University
Best Small Delegation:
Universidad Simón Bolívar
Best International Delegation:
Universidad Metropolitana
LXV 2019 Antonio J. Soriano Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation:
Florida International University
Outstanding Large Delegation:
University of Pennsylvania
Best Small Delegation:
Universidad Simón Bolívar
Best International Delegation:
Universidad Central de Venezuela
LXVI 2020 Noah D. Cominsky Marinna C. Okawa Boston Park Plaza Best Large Delegation: TBD
Outstanding Large Delegation: TBD
Best Small Delegation: TBD

StaffEdit

There are three levels to the HNMUN staff structure: the Secretariat (consisting of the Director General and the Under Secretaries General), which is led by the Secretary General; the Senior Staff (consisting of Directors); and the Junior Staff (consisting of Assistant Directors).

Senior and Junior staff is split into two branches: an executive branch and a substantive branch. The executive branch takes care of the Administrative, Business, Finance, and Delegate Relations side of the conference. The substantive branch creates the delegates' committee experience, and is divided into the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and Regional Bodies, and the Specialized Agencies.

SecretariatEdit

As with HMUN, the Secretariat oversees the administration of the conference. The Secretary-General is similarly elected, and appoints his or her Secretariat in coordination with the Secretary-General of HMUN. There are nine secretariat members: the Secretary-General, who is responsible for the conference as a whole, the Director-General, who is the administrative head of the conference, and seven Under-Secretaries-General in the various branches of the conference: administration, business, delegate relations, finance, and the three substantive organs, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Councils, and the Specialized Agencies. [12]

Staff SelectionEdit

HNMUN staff is made entirely of Harvard undergraduate students. The staff selection process for one year's HNMUN conference begins immediately following the previous year's conference. First, the Secretary-General for the next conference is elected by the experienced staff members of HNMUN and HMUN. The candidates for Secretary-General are generally members of the past year's Secretariat. Once the Secretary-General has been elected, former members of the HNMUN Senior Staff apply for Secretariat positions. After Secretariat has been chosen in late March, members of the former Junior Staff are welcome to apply for about 80 Senior Staff positions. Junior Staff (Assistant Directors and Committee Moderators) is then selected in the fall. Both Senior and Junior Staffs are chosen by the Secretariat after a lengthy application and interview process. By late fall, the conference's staff is complete. The full staff reaches well over 200 students.

LogisticsEdit

HNMUN is host to about 3000 university students from over 50 countries and so requires a large amount of planning by the Secretariat and staff hosting the event. Planning for the following year's conference starts as soon as the current one ends. Topics for debate must be chosen early so that study guides may be prepared and delegates may research their topics. Study guides are written by directors over summer and assistant directors come on board to write updates and provide support to the directors starting in October. The Secretariat works throughout the year on aspects including delegate recruiting and conference logistical planning. The Secretariat is also responsible for long-term strategic planning for the conference.

Committee StructureEdit

Model UNs follow the general structure of the UN but for logistical and educational reasons, the structure differs somewhat. HNMUN's structure is similar to most Model UNs but there are a few important differences.

  • Only one resolution may be passed on each topic. This is meant to stress consensus and compromise between delegates. This is achieved by the fact that:
  • Resolutions cannot be sponsored
  • There are no "friendly" or "hostile" amendments, as there are no sponsors with whom to confer

NGO ProgramEdit

The NGO Program is unique to HNMUN and is a fantastic opportunity for delegates to experience a wide range of issues and committees across the conference. Each NGO is allowed to visit any committee within the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and the Regional Bodies. NGOs have the option of working in a single committee or in several committees during the conference, depending on your personal comfort level and on the relevance of your NGO to the topic areas being discussed. NGOs have no voting status, but other than that, they have the same rights as any other delegate in the committee: NGOs may make speeches, participate in caucus, and lend their expertise to formulating resolutions.

Harvard Intercollegiate Model United NationsEdit

Harvard Intercollegiate Model United Nations (ICMUN) is Harvard University's traveling, competitive Model UN team. The team is composed of about 60 Harvard undergraduates who attend conferences across the United States throughout the academic year. In the past, the team was headed by a pair of head delegates usually elected to the position during the second semester of their sophomore year, but In 2019 the leadership structure changed to allow four head delegates who jointly manage the ICMUN program. The current head delegates are Davis Tyler-Dudley, Alec Fischthal, Simon Cremer, and Katie Sakys.

In the 2018–2019 academic year, the team will attend conferences at Columbia, Yale, Georgetown, the University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, New York University, UCLA, and the University of Chicago. The team has won multiple Best Delegation awards at a variety of prestigious conferences.

As a result of this performance, Harvard ICMUN has consistently ranked within the top five collegiate Model UN teams in the United States over the past several years. Aside from competing, ICMUN team members also serve in a variety of staff and leadership positions across the various programs of the IRC.

Harvard International ReviewEdit

The Harvard International Review is a quarterly journal and website of international relations published by the Harvard International Relations Council at Harvard University. The HIR offers commentary on global developments in politics, economics, business, science, technology, and culture, as well as interviews with prominent global leaders and reviews of books and documentaries. Founded in 1979 to "cover that middle ground between academic scholarship and journalism", the HIR is a widely distributed journal across the United States and around the world in more than 60 countries, boasting a readership of over 30,000. According to its mission statement, "The HIR features underappreciated topics in the international affairs discourse and underappreciated perspectives on more widely discussed topics. The HIR aims to serve as a trend-setter among similar publications by directing rather than following the public’s attention."

The magazine is composed of the following sections: Features, Perspectives, Spotlight, World in Review, Global Notebook, Interview, Endpaper, and Correspondence. The website features exclusive content and active blogs on current events.

The HIR has featured scholars and policymakers from around the world, including Nelson Mandela, Samuel P. Huntington, Aung San Suu Kyi, Jeffrey Sachs, Shimon Peres, Paul Krugman, Chen Shui-bian, Amartya Sen, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Ban Ki-moon, N.R. Narayana Murthy, Ted Turner and Javier Solana.

International Relations on Campus (IRoC)Edit

IRoC is the IRC branch that coordinates all of the IRC's on-campus outreach. IRoC builds links among undergraduates, Harvard's Weatherhead Center, and Harvard professors and fellows. IRoC conducts dinner discussions, study groups, and special events, and is responsible for putting on IR Week every Spring.

Harvard Program for International EducationEdit

The Harvard Program for International Education (HPIE) is a public service program run and staffed by Harvard undergraduates passionate about international relations. HPIE seeks to promote international awareness and education in today’s youth. HPIE tutors teach from a standardized curriculum that they develop on-campus and distribute to students on-site. HPIE tutors go through the curriculum, which incorporates useful skills students can use in their other studies, over the course of eight sessions, with one class period each week. Previous curricula have included topics in immigration, nation-building, and the politics of clean water. Curricula culminate in a short conference that brings students together for HPIE Day, an exciting day of debate on the Harvard campus. HPIE Day allows students to demonstrate what they have learned, as well as to finish each semester energized about international affairs.

Model Security CouncilEdit

Model Security Council (MSC) is a one-day conference primarily geared towards incoming Harvard freshmen but open and welcoming to all new members of the International Relations Council. The conference gives participants a taste of competitive Model UN, an idea of some of the larger Model UN conferences are run, and an introduction to the business and technology opportunities available in the IRC. The conference is preceded by a Welcome Week that exposes incoming freshmen to the opportunities and events offered by the IRC, and has a special emphasis on creating communities for freshmen in many of their first years away from home.

This recruitment operation is currently managed by an executive team that consists of Co-Presidents Amanda Wasserman and Roshni Chakraborty and Vice Presidents Davis Tyler-Dudley, Alexandru Spiride, Youmna Chamieh, and Katherine Lempres.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ The Commonwealth of Massachusetts William Francis Galvin - Public Browse and Search
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  6. ^ http://www.harvardmun.org/about/staff
  7. ^ http://www.harvardmun.org
  8. ^ http://bestdelegate.com/hmun-china-2013-recap-bringing-hmun-experience-to-beijing/
  9. ^ http://ap-mun.com/en/
  10. ^ http://hmunindia.org/secretariat/
  11. ^ https://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE7DB1139F931A15751C0A966958260
  12. ^ Harvard National Model United Nations