Socialist International, 1977
Chair: Isabelle Smith
The Socialist International was established to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between various democratic socialist parties around the world. The organization aims to reinvigorate international exchanges between its members, both in ideologies and political practices. At this 1976 meeting, the committee must determine how to grow the presence of democratic socialism around the world.
The first topic of debate is how to aid socialist political parties in countries transitioning from dictatorships. From Portugal and Spain to Honduras and Uruguay to Cambodia and the People’s Republic of China, the political stage is changing around the world and the Socialist International has to strategize a response. Secondly, the Socialist International must navigate the polarization of the Cold War. Many labor, social democratic, and socialist parties are being stifled by the West, while the Soviet Union has made few attempts to woo the Socialist International. Where the committee should land in this paradox will be an important debate.
About the Chair: Isabelle Smith is a Class of 2020 student in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics with a certificate in International Development. In high school she competed nationally in Speech and Debate, and now is an active member of the International Relations Club here on campus. She has staffed both of Georgetown’s Model United Nations conferences, and traveled with the organization to chair the Global Leaders Summit in India. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys traveling, speaking Spanish, and eating Indian food.