SCONA is an annual collegiate conference that brings delegates from all over the nation and the world. Each year, SCONA discusses a different topic of national importance, giving delegates the chance to interact with the nation’s highest academic scholars, government officials, and well-known public figures. Delegates also participate in the debate through facilitated roundtables that culminate in a policy paper. The SCONA 59 topic is "Caught in the Sandstorm: From Persia to the Sahara". Its focus will be America's relations with North Africa and the Middle East, the current events of those regions, and American Policy pertaining to them. The goal of this conference is to create an understanding of the role America's increased interaction will play in economics, military operations, defense, diplomacy, and many other topics pertaining to these regions. This year's subtopics can be seen by clicking here.