The Jefferson Committee on Diplomacy is one of VAMUN’s two ad hoc committees. It aims to highlight the diplomatic skills Thomas Jefferson, UVa’s founder, possessed and prized. The background guide for this committee will be released three days before the first conference session. This makes JCD a particularly realistic simulation since policymakers have limited time to evaluate issues before addressing them. The focus of JCD is not compiling the most thorough research, but rather making the best possible decisions in the absence of perfect information. This committee is suited for experienced delegates comfortable with fast paced debate, strategic thinking, and great uncertainty. It is our ultimate aim to challenge delegates beyond what they have experienced in any other committee, forcing them to devise creative solutions to scenarios they could never possibly predict. Adaptability and ingenuity thus will be nothing short of key.