The International Relations Council (IRC) is the largest and most dynamic forum for international issues on the Princeton campus. It meets throughout the year, offering chances to debate and discuss global topics of interest, often with a speaker from the Princeton community. Additionally, IRC is home to Princeton’s Model United Nations program, which hosts two conferences each year: one for university students and one for high school students. Our travel team (PMUNT) competes at Model United Nations conferences organized by other universities, usually five to six times per academic school year, both around the country and even internationally. PMUNT tryouts are held twice a year, and all Princeton students are eligible to try out regardless of year or past experience.
Attracting over a thousand delegates a year, the Princeton Model United Nations Conference (PMUNC) is one of the premier high-school level Model UN conferences in the country. Globally renowned, the conference is run entirely by Princeton undergraduate students who prepare, train, and research months in advance. We complement the traditional Model UN committees with new and exciting crisis and experimental committees. In the past, we have had committees on the French Revolution (in French, no less), the Japanese Cabinet of 1945, the Chinese Civil War and post-Castro Cuba.
The Princeton Diplomatic Invitational (PDI) is unlike any other conference on the collegiate Model UN circuit. A relatively new conference, first held in 2018, PDI has grown tremendously over its first few years with an innovative and dynamic crisis experience. We always feature special committees that switch up the game, providing a challenge for even the most experienced delegates. In the past, we’ve held a partnered ad-hoc committee, where delegates must work together with a partner despite receiving no topic or background guide in advance; and a marathon committee, where delegates worked nonstop in a single 24-hour session to solve a crisis in real time, battling sleep deprivation — and each other.