ClarkMUN does not require position papers and we will not take their submission into account when deciding delegate awards for each committee.
We will, however, make a point of saying that the process of writing a position paper can help to organize one’s thoughts and lead to more cogent and compelling arguments in committee and more detailed and daring schemes in crisis—both of the kind that earn awards. Position papers can also serve as useful points of reference, summarizing one’s research and analysis of a topic.
Our policy neither penalizes those who can perform well without writing position papers beforehand nor precludes anyone from writing papers voluntarily, instead leaving it to each individual delegate (or advisor) to decide whether they need or want to write them and, indeed, whether they have the time to do so considering their other commitments, academic or otherwise.
The deadline to submit position papers is November 12, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.
Position papers should be submitted directly to the Chair of your committee. Please use the subject line: Committee_Country_School (such as DISEC_Monaco_CentralHigh).
ClarkMUN will give two Book Awards this year, one to a Crisis Committee Delegate awarded by the Director-General, and one to a GA Committee Delegate awarded by the Secretary-General. Book Awards consist of a certificate and a book of the Secretary-General's/Director-General's choosing, and go to the delegates at our conference who write the best position papers. The Book Awards are completely independent of delegate awards, so it neither disqualifies you from winning an award nor increases your likelihood of winning one. It exists to recognize the very best of pre-conference delegate work, guaranteeing that those who do write position papers can still be rewarded for their efforts.
Find our full policy and deadline for position papers here.