The Queen’s International Affairs Association is one of the largest and oldest clubs at Queen’s. We run a number of fantastic initiatives in order to provide everyone with unique experiences in international affairs.

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Our Initiatives


the Queen's international observer (qio)

The Observer is a quarterly, student-run publication that functions within the Queen’s International Affairs Association. The Observer aims to explore and promote the discussion of international affairs in the Queen’s and Kingston communities by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas between students, academics, and professionals alike. First published in 2003 in the style of an academic journal, The Observer has transformed this past year into a combination of an academic journal and a magazine in an effort to expand readership. The magazine features a wide array of thought-provoking articles relating to both current events and more enduring issues in international politics, social movements, economics, and development. While maintaining an international focus, The Observer endeavours to engage a diverse student audience at Queen’s with articles that are timely, relevant, and accessible.


right of reply (ror)

ROR’s goal is to bring a wide variety of perspectives and opinions on current global issues that arise in today’s political arena. To make this possible, ROR collaborates with Queen’s campus radio station CFRC-FM. Using radio as a medium for communication, ROR has hosted a variety of guests, who, through extensive knowledge in their field of study, discuss issues such as the Syrian Refugee Crisis, The U.S. Presidential Election, and Decriminalizing Sex Work. Right of Reply has continued to learn and grow over the years and is now highly regarded both within the Kingston community and outside. CFRC has continuously acknowledged Right of Reply as one of the most frequently listened to programs on the station. Right of Reply continues to expand its listenership, and strives to attain a global audience. Going into its 5th season, Right of Reply is eager to continue opening a discourse on new and upcoming issues. Right of Reply is available to listen to on CFRC 101.9 FM every other Wednesday at 6pm, Starting September 21st. Old episode are available on Podomatic and iTunes.


Speaker series

Every month, QIAA hosts renowned guest speakers from a wide variety of fields in its Speakers Series. Politicians, journalists, government officials, business people and other personalities in international affairs speak on diverse international issues. The aim of this initiative is to provide students at Queen’s with outlets to engage with the practical side of international affairs and global politics by gaining insight directly from the movers and shakers of the world. Past speakers have included Colonels in the United States Army, members of Canadian parliament, United States former senators, the editors-in-chief of national newspapers, and university professors. QIAA’s programming features discussions, lectures, debates, movie screenings and other different forms of engagement with the world of international affairs.


international development week (IDW)

International Development Week is an annual event taking place in early February on the Queen’s University Campus, led by Queen’s International Affairs Association. The event coincides with the International Development Week spearheaded by Global Affairs Canada, which was initiated in 1991. International Development Week strives to bring awareness to Canada’s role in reducing poverty on a global scale. Furthermore, International Development Week is aimed at encouraging Canadians, in particular youth, to learn more about how they can contribute to international development. International Development Week at Queen’s University is a fantastic opportunity for Queen’s clubs and students to collaborate, with a common goal of increasing active awareness and participation in international development. Highlights from International Development Week 2016 included a guest speaker event with Dr. Samantha Nutt, Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada, and a successful week of inter-club collaboration based around the theme of the United Nations 8 Millennium Development Goals.


Model United Nations (MUN) TEAM

Ranked in the Top 50 in North America, the Queen’s MUN Team has been rapidly expanding and has grown in presence in the Queen’s community. Every year, the team travels to MUN and other international relations conferences throughout North America. In recent years Queen’s delegations have attended conferences such as the Harvard National MUN in Boston,Yale Security Council Simulation,  the Cornell International Affairs Conference in Ithaca, McGill’s McMUN in Montréal and the University of Toronto’s North American MUN among others. The team has been consistently successful throughout, winning numerous individual delegate awards as well as Best Delegation awards four years in a row at the Cornell International Affairs Conference and Outstanding Delegation at the West Point Model United Nations Invitational in 2013.


Queen's model united nations invitational (Qmuni)

The fourth session of the (QMUNi) will take place this fall on the historic Queen’s Campus. This conference provides a unique blend of high caliber debate in a relaxed and welcoming environment suited for delegates with varying degrees of experience. With a variety of committees and topics to choose from, delegates will be able to make lasting relationships while gaining valuable experience discussing topics they are interested in. Excellent keynote speakers will complement these discussions from a range of different disciplines. This conference is meant to challenge delegates, be thought-provoking, and ultimately, leave delegates with an unforgettable experience. We hope to provide an intimate committee experience where delegates have ample opportunity to contribute and work with each other. We seek to share the famed “Queen’s experience” with delegates through the conference’s atmosphere, the tight-knit Queen’s community, and the significant historical backdrop that the city of Kingston provides.


QUEEN'S interactive crisis simulation (qicsim)

QICSIM is a high quality and intensively interactive conference which simulates a particular global crisis. It differs from Model United Nations in that it is much more problem-solving based, giving students a greater hands-on experience with regards to international relations and crisis management. More importantly, the nature of the simulation gives participants an academic approach to many of the themes addressed, since an enormous amount of research goes into creating a realistic and meaningful simulation of international events. In past years, QICSIM has simulated the Syrian Uprising, an Arctic Crisis, The Sudan Referendum and more. QICSIM is unique as it offers students a chance to gain insight into the realistic workings of crisis management from a state perspective. This experience is enhanced by participation from cadets in the Royal Military College. QICSIM also attracts renowned guest speakers including Senator Roméo Dallaire who spoke at the 2011 conference.


QUEEN'S National model united nations conference (qnmun)

QIAA's newest initiative and inaugural High School Model UN conference, QMUN provides students the opportunity to explore Queen's campus during a weekend of intense and engaging debate. With a highly experienced and passionate secretariat, QNMUN seeks to make an impact on the High School MUN circuit and maintain QIAA's consistently high standards. The theme of the year is “Eye of the Storm: Conflict through the Ages” and will require delegates to use innovative ideas and fresh perspectives to best tackle the challenges they will face.

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