Model United Nations is Just Neoliberal Cosplay

The official opening of the League of Nations in Geneva, November 15, 1920 (Source: Public Domain)

In my debut novel Portrait of Sebastian Khan, a coming-of-age story about a Muslim American art history student, I spend a good amount of time satirizing Model United Nations — that strange academic extracurricular activity in which high school and college students pretend to be diplomats and participate in simulations of United Nations committees. Ostensibly, Model U.N. is an activity designed to teach…