CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
Welcome to Harvard Model Congress San Francisco 2019! My name is Raquel Leslie, and I’m so excited to serve as your chair for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). I’m looking forward to working closely with all of you to make it one of the best committees at HMCSF!
This year, we’ll be discussing the threat that Russian influence operations pose to the American electoral system, as well as the potential covert development of an autonomous weapons program. In light of the advancement of both cyber warfare and artificial intelligence, it is your task to develop policy solutions that will safeguard American national security from foreign actors. Whether it be dedicating resources towards bolstering our election infrastructure, conducting more proactive, offensive influence campaigns against Russian interference, or setting appropriate parameters around research on killer robots, the safety of the American public is in your hands. Furthermore, it will be essential that you not only have a good grasp of the foundations provided in the briefings, but that you also continue to expand your knowledge of the subject in the time leading up to the conference. Keep in mind the unique role that each of you have in the CIA, and come prepared to cooperate with other delegates to tackle today’s most pressing domestic and international issues.
Beyond delving into the intricacies of our briefing topics, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process more generally. Our goal throughout this entire process is for all of you to walk away with great leadership experience, improved confidence and public speaking skills, and a newfound respect for a career in public service. Beyond facilitating interesting and engaging debate, we also want our committee to be an opportunity for all of you to get to know students that share in your political passions. By the end of the conference, our hope is that you not only grow academically, but that you also challenge and even broaden your own perspectives - and have tons of fun along the way!
A few words about myself: I’m a senior at Harvard concentrating in Government and East Asian Studies with a language citation in Mandarin Chinese. I’m particularly interested in the intersection between international relations and law. Besides HMCSF, I have also staffed conferences in Boston, Dubai, Madrid, Sao Paulo, and Hong Kong. During my time at Harvard outside of HMC, I’ve served as a peer advising fellow for freshmen and a tutor for Harvard employees applying for U.S. citizenship.
Feel free to reach out at any time if you have a question or just want to introduce yourself. I can’t wait to hear all of your incredible ideas at HMCSF 2019, and I look forward to meeting all of you soon!