International Relations Council

The International Relations Council (IRC) is the largest and most dynamic forum for international issues on the Princeton campus. It meets on Sunday evenings, offering a weekly chance to debate and discuss global topics of interest, usually with a speaker from the Princeton community. Additionally, IRC is home to Princeton’s Model United Nations (MUN) program. It hosts two conferences each year (one for university students and one for high school students) and sends delegations to Model United Nations conferences organized by other universities, usually five to six times per academic school year.

Attracting over a thousand delegates a year, PMUNC is one of the premier high-school level Model UN conferences in the country. 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 the Chinese Civil War and post-Castro Cuba.

PICSim is unlike any other conference on the Model UN circuit. It may well be the most ambitious collegiate conference in the world. You may be familiar with joint-committees at other Model UN conferences, where two (usually opposing) committees interact. PICSim takes the concept to a whole new level. The entire Conference is just one large joint-committee simulation … with eleven committees.

Every PICSim focuses on a specific area of the world – in the past, we’ve done Central Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, the Horn of Africa, and Eastern Europe. Each one of the eleven committees is either a cabinet simulation of one of the countries in the region or a non-state actor in the area. All of the committees interact with every other committee. The entire Conference is managed, coordinated and guided by the crisis room – the most intense crisis room of any conference on the Model UN circuit.