The Society for International Affairs is a student society in Trinity College which aims to provide a platform for the discussion of diplomacy and international affairs. We strive to educate students about geopolitics and international affairs, and provide guidance to those seeking to pursue a future diplomatic career.
During the past academic year, SOFIA has hosted talks from a number of ambassadors and distinguished guests; including the Russian, Swedish, Indian and Japanese Ambassadors, to name but a few.
Model UN has grown and expanded to become a key part of SOFIA’s activities. We hold two-hour long workshops every second week, in which we simulate MUN committees and learn the skills needed to debate in Model UN.
So far this term, we’ve held workshops on the question of nuclear arms proliferation in North Korea and capital punishment, as well as a historical crisis simulation of the Cuban Missile Crisis. At Halloween, we ran a highly successful Zombie crisis committee and this Christmas we held an exciting Star Wars crisis committee.
This year, SOFIA will attend more MUN conferences than ever before! So far this term, we have sent delegations to OxiMUN and CUIMUN, where our delegates performed fantastically at all levels. We also will be attending EiréMUN and LIMUN.
Following the success of our inaugural conference last year the second Trinity College Model United Nations (TrinMUN) will be held on the 9th, 10th and 11th of March 2018. With 150 delegates in attendance, it is Dublin’s largest university level Model UN Conference and which we hope will become a staple event on Europe’s MUN calendar.
Our aim for this conference is to encourage cross-cultural debate on a range of issues related to diplomacy and international affairs, which affect both young people and society at large. We aim to equip our delegates with the skills required to pursue a career on the international stage through fostering a knowledge of communication, analytical skills and mediation.