GSU Political Science major, Clayton Sullivan participates at NATO simulation in Brussels, Belgium
Clayton Sullivan (on left in photograph) spent this year’s spring break preparing to play the role of German defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, because he had been awarded a travel grant by the European Union Studies Certificate Program to participate at a conference in Brussels (15th Munich European Forum, March 22-28, 2015). Of the thirty-two students who participated, only three came from the United States and all of those from Georgia EU Studies Certificate participating institutions.The conference was divided into three committees: NATO, The Council of the European Union, and the G-20. Clayton, as German defense minister in NATO, had to consider the security implications of the Ukraine crisis and as part of his committee work, he helped pass nine resolutions on a variety of issues. Additionally, the conference participants were shown around NATO headquarters as well as other sites in Brussels. In Clayton’s own words: “the conference was well worth it. If you like European politics, working with others, and getting a week of excused absences this may be something to look into. I definitely enjoyed my time.”
Clayton is graduating in May 2015 with a political science major and the certificate in EU Studies.