NAFAC 2016 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 2016 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.
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.