African Union

The African Union (AU) is a pan-African organization that facilitates political and economic unity for 54 member nations within the continent. There are criticisms that the AU will not be more effective than its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity, which some say was a “dictators’ club”. Is it possible to for the AU to become the next European Union and boost the development of Africa to reduce poverty?

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kate rutman

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Kate is a fourth year studying Environmental Science and Foreign Affairs. She has previously staffed for VICS and chaired the Berlin Conference last year for VAMUN. Outside of Model UN, Kate runs for "fun," barbecues in her backyard with friends, and is a brother of the chemistry fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma. Ask her about the six continents and 100 countries she's traveled to. Last semester, she studied abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and she's really looking forward to a fun and inventive weekend of debate about her favorite continent.