Watson Institute at Brown University
International and Public Affairs

Undergraduate Conference NAFAC


Democracies Divided: The Proliferation of Polarization

11-13 APRIL 2023

NAFAC is a leading foreign affairs conference for undergraduate students to discuss pressing global issues. The conference provides the opportunity for students to engage with future civil and military leaders on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Each year the conference is enriched by the excellent delegates who join us from colleges, universities, and military academies in the US and more than 20 different countries. The participants will hear from expert speakers and panelists, engage in discussion sessions, and pursue a simulation analyzing modern partnerships. While distinguished speakers enhance the experience, the conference depends on the caliber of its delegates. We encourage you to send undergraduate students who are sincerely interested in the topic and demonstrate a strong capacity for meaningful contribution.

This year’s conference explores the topic, “Democracies Divided: The Proliferation of Polarization.” The topic explores how authoritarian states seek to weaponize modern constructs against democratic states and how democracies around the world are seeking to heal their internal and external divisions to promote stability in the international community.

Application Deadline: February 20th, 2023 5:00 pm

Conference Dates: April 11-13, 2023

Location: Naval Academy campus, Annapolis, Maryland

Eligibility: Junior and Senior IAPA concentrators

To apply: Apply via UFUNDS.

Expenses: Paid by the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs and the Naval Academy
More Information: http://usna.edu/nafac

Requirements: Delegates must submit to the IAPA office upon return a one to two-page summary and at least two pictures highlighting the

Each nominee is assigned to a roundtable and must submit and present an 800–1,200 word policy paper discussing a roundtable topic listed on the NAFAC website. It is strongly recommended that delegates seek advice from a faculty member or academic advisor in preparing the conference paper.