Once registration is complete, delegates will be assigned to a round table and contacted by their respective moderators. Moderators will send more specifics and reading materials to delegates in order to guide each round table.
Delegates will write a paper taking a stance on their roundtable topic in order to prepare themselves for, and contribute to the discussion on illiberal democracy and democratic deconsolidation.
Delegates will produce a 800-1200 word research paper that outlines their stance on their selected roundtable topic. This paper should be well-researched and cite a variety of academic sources. The bulk of the paper should consist of facts that support your argument. Consideration should also be given to counter arguments and rebuttals. The guidelines from USNI Proceedings are a good starting point for how to write and polish your paper.
Papers should be between 800 and 1200 words, double-spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 font. Include a cover page with a title of your paper, your name, and the name of your roundtable. Your paper’s thesis statement should be underlined. Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) will be used for footnote citations. You must also include a bibliography. The title page and bibliography do not count towards the length of the paper.
Delegate papers will be judged as part of the NAFAC paper competition, supported by the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) and the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). Submissions will be judged by a panel of NAFAC and USNA staff. The best essays will be those that combine critical thought, originality, and relevance to the topic. With the consent of the author, one paper from each table will be submitted for publication on the CIMSEC website in the weeks following the conference, as well as recognized at the final banquet. This is an excellent opportunity to be recognized for your work, and to be published as an undergraduate. Additionally, all delegates will be considered for the NAFAC Paper Competition, which will recognize the best domestic and international delegate paper at the final banquet. The top two domestic and international delegate papers (four papers total) will be submitted to USNI for publication in Proceedings Magazine.