US Naval Academy 2012

Brittany Sykes

In April I had the opportunity to represent Wake Forest at the 2012 Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis, Maryland.  This year’s delegation was the largest in the conference’s history, with about 130 participants from 30 countries.  In accordance with the theme “The Eclipse of the West?”, we explored global power relations through debates, round tables, and guest speakers.  I participated in the “Soft Power” round table with delegates from the United States, Germany, Pakistan, Japan, Portugal, and Jamaica, discussing non-military methods for exerting international influence.  Throughout the week, I also heard from prominent figures such as Hillary Clinton, Jon Huntsman, and Paul Wolfowitz.  I recognize that the knowledge and experiences I gained while in Annapolis will be invaluable to my future as a student and global citizen.