ETBU Students will
travel to Howard Payne University March 1-2 to participate in a Model United Nations competition designed to
simulate a response to a fictitious terrorist attack that disrupts the world’s oil supply.
Dr. Israel Nandamudi,
professor of Political Science
at ETBU, will accompany six
students to HPU to compete
in the Security Council simulation. The group includes
Heather DeVille, Kody
Smith, Ryan Stokes, Michael
Wooddell, Molly Hammond
and Jessika Obey. The students hope to gain valuable
Students from other
schools, including notable
Baptist schools such as Baylor University, Hardin-Simmons University, and HPU,
will join in the competition.
Participants in the model
UN session will get to experience a Security Council simulation involving a fictitious
terrorist attack, which occurred on February 28, 2013.
The terrorist attack will
have caused major damage to
oil pipelines and refineries in
Pakistan, with simultaneous
attacks causing minor damage to refineries in Iran and
the United Arab Emirates,
culminating in the global disruption of oil supplies.
The Model UN teams
will attempt to reach a solution that will resolve the tense
situation peacefully, and will
draw up a resolution at thcompletion of the discussion.
Participants will get to
experience all aspects of what
would actually occur during a
UN Security Council simulation as they discuss, debate,
and attempt to negotiate a
peaceful compromise. Participants will also be required
to have studied thoroughly,
since they will be representing various countries during
the simulation. ETBU students will be representing the
countries of China, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan.
Dr. Nandamudi is understandably looking forward to
“It is a great opportunity
for ETBU students participating in this conference,” said
Dr. Nandamudi. “They will
be exposed to the international events and how to resolve
international conflicts in a
ETBU has done well in
past Model UN sessions, including the most recent one,
where the students received
recognition for their representation of Chile.
According to Dr. Nandamudi, receiving an award
or recognition is secondary to
the experience gained. “The
experience is worth more
than any awards,” he said.
“The hands-on experience is