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Mount students take on foreign policy, climate change at West Point conference

November 06, 2017

Sebastian Wayne of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., a history major at Mount Saint Mary College, presented his group’s suggested policy memorandum for the reformation of NATO at the annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs, hosted at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Not pictured: Ryan Gibbs of Goshen, N.Y., a history-political science major.

Two Mount Saint Mary College students debated foreign policy and more at the 69th annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA), titled “The Politics of the Forgotten and the Aggrieved: Remaking the World Order?” from November 1 to November 4. 

SCUSA is the largest conference of its kind in the world and is held at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. every fall. 

Ryan Gibbs of Goshen, N.Y., a history-political science major, and Sebastian Wayne of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., a history major, joined about 200 other students at the conference, which challenged participants to grapple with the pressing foreign policy issues that face our country. 

RIGHT: Sebastian Wayne of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., a history major at Mount Saint Mary College, presented his group’s suggested policy memorandum for the reformation of NATO at the annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs, hosted at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Not pictured: Ryan Gibbs of Goshen, N.Y., a history-political science major.

Delegates served on one of 15 regional and topical roundtables and were asked to assess and debate issues such as the impact of populism on U.S. and European domestic and foreign policy, the future of American alliances throughout the world, U.S. responses to climate change, and U.S. policies to address ethnoreligious conflict and mass displacement.

When they weren’t discussing foreign policy, delegates visited U.S. Army cadets in their barracks and got an inside look at life in the U.S. Military Academy. 

John T. Reilly, longtime professor of history at the Mount, helped facilitate the students’ attendance of the conference.