NAFAC 2014 Delegate Paper Guidance
At its core, the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference is designed to be a forum for informed discussion of the preeminent foreign affairs topics that policy makers are currently addressing. One effective mechanism for bringing educated and dedicated undergraduate students of foreign affairs together in a meaningful manner is to research, formulate, and produce some written academic work on the topic of the round table they have selected. This will also serve to provide for more depth in the roundtable discussions as well as to give the members of the table and the moderator an idea of the delegate’s specific area of interest.
To accommodate this, each delegate will be required to submit a minimum 3-4 page delegate paper to their round table moderators that focus on the round table theme. The bounds of the delegate paper topics will be determined by the round table moderators.
If delegates desire, they can choose to write a longer paper (8-10 pages) that will be entered in the 2014 NAFAC paper competition. Delegates that make a submission into the paper competition will not be asked to write the 3-4 page delegate paper.
All delegate papers within a given roundtable will be promulgated by the moderators to the members of their roundtable prior to the conference.
Note: One-to-World delegates are required to write delegate papers and are encouraged to also submit papers for consideration in the paper competition.
Delegates who choose to participate in the NAFAC paper competition will be required to submit to the round table moderators a 8-10 page paper that falls within the bounds of the conference theme and his or her round table topic. The following is a link to the 2014 NAFAC round table themes: http://www.usna.edu/NAFAC/conference/roundtables.php.
Each roundtable moderator will select the best of the long papers submitted by his/her delegates. These papers will be forwarded up to a panel of USNA professors in the political science department. Awards will go to the best paper as well as the runner-up. Both of these individuals will be recognized at the NAFAC Closing Banquet, and the authors will receive a commemorative prize. The winning papers will also be posted on the NAFAC website for viewing.
The papers will be evaluated on the basis of depth, strength of argument, writing skill, and relevance to the theme of the conference and subject of the roundtable.
Delegate papers must be submitted to the respective moderators no later than 2359 on Sunday 23 March, 2014. Delegate papers will be read by the moderators and then disseminated to the entire round table.
Delegates who wish to make a submission in the paper competition must also ensure that papers are received by moderators no later than 2359 on Sunday 23 March, 2014. The moderators will read and evaluate the paper competition submissions, and select the best papers from the round table. Moderators will forward the best papers, selected for outstanding depth, strength of argument, writing skill, and relevance to the theme, to the Director of Academics (MIDN 1/C Sean Finney), no later than 2359 on Wednesday, 02 April, 2014. Moderators will then disseminate the policy competition papers to their respective round tables.
The competition papers selected by the moderators will be pooled, and a delegation of Naval Academy professors will select a winner and a runner-up submission.
The delegates who submitted the winning and runner-up papers will be acknowledged and awarded a prize during the closing banquet, on the evening of Thursday, 10 April, 2014. The winner and runner-up will also be recognized on the NAFAC 2014 website and Facebook page.