David Newbrander Attends SCUSA 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint| November 12, 2012
SCUSA is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious undergraduate conference of its type in the world. Approximately 200 undergraduate students from over 100 colleges and universities worldwide attend SCUSA. Throughout the conference, the student delegates and cadets discuss and debate the impact of past and recent events on the national political strategy of the United States and attempt to formulate policy recommendations for the future. This year’s SCUSA theme was “Leading in Lean Times: Assuring Accountability and Assessing American Priorities in an Age of Austerity.” Participants discussed topics, such as: The Dollars and Sense of American Grand Strategy; Costless Wars? Drones, the All-Volunteer Force, and Challenges to Political Accountability; Long Live COIN? Dealing with Internationalized Conflicts on a Budget; Foreign Policy Challenges in 3D: Diplomacy, Democracy, and Development; Responsibility to Protect? Norms, Interests, and Humanitarian Intervention; Consumption without Consequence? Energy, Climate Change, and National Security; American Security in a Networked World: Emerging Challenges in Cyberspace; Can’t Stop da Bomb? Arms Control & Proliferation; Tis the Season? US Democracy Promotion After the Arab Spring; Beyond 2014? US Priorities in South and Central Asia; Pivot or Pirouette? Challenges and Opportunities in Sino-American Relations; and Africa: Failed States, Terrorism, and Security.