The Queen’s International Affairs Association, or QIAA (pronounced KEY-AH),  is one of the largest and oldest clubs at Queen’s University! Established in 1907, QIAA operates as an umbrella organization for several different initiatives across Queen’s campus. In fact, you might have been to a QIAA event without even realizing it! We oversee seven different initiatives and serve as a hub for students, faculty and members of the Kingston community who are interested in engaging in debate and dialogue about current events, foreign affairs, global politics and international issues in general. We strive to provide our members practical outlets in which they can explore their interests in the international system. 

Some of QIAA’s initiatives include: 

  • Queen’s Model United Nations Invitational (QMUNi) Conference 
  • Queen’s National Model United Nations Conference (QNMUN) 
  • The Observer 
  • International Development Week (IDW) 
  • Right of Reply (ROR) 
  • Speakers Series 
  • Model UN Team 
  • Professional Development and Alumni Relations 

Our two annual conferences the Queen’s Model United Nations Invitational (QMUNi) held in the Fall for Canadian university students, and Queen’s National Model United Nations Conference (QNMUN) in the Winter for high schoolers 

QIAA also publishes the only international-relations journal on campus, the Observer, and hosts the only international-relations podcast, Right of Reply on CFRC 101.9FM and all podcast streaming platforms 

QIAA is renowned for its monthly speaker’s series as well as the newly created International Development Week held in early winter semester focusing on bringing awareness to poverty and development globally. 

QIAA’s flagship initiative is the Queen’s Model United Nations Team, which competes in International Affairs and Model United Nations Conferences throughout the world. Ranked in the top 50 teams in North America, the Queen’s MUN team has won numerous best delegate and best delegation awards at prestigious conferences such as the Cornell International Affairs Conference, Brown University Crisis Simulation, Princeton Interactive Crisis Simulation, and the West Point Model United Nations Invitational. 

Sign up to be a member of QIAA today at! 

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