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COMMITTEES

 

General Assembly

Position papers are only required for General Assemblies and will be due one week before the conference. Please email them to your CD, and indicate in the email whether you want feedback on the document.  All feedback will be given during the conference.

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Disarmament & International Security (DISEC)

Nicole Kassabian

The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) is the first main committee of the United Nations General Assembly. All 193 member states can attend DISEC meetings. DISEC addresses any global threats to peace like weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, regional disarmament and security, international security, and disarmament machinery. Delegates in this committee should be ready to deal with the issues of development and sale of weapons by defense contractors and the use of privatized military companies. The issue of defense contracts raises many questions. How will states be held accountable for the usage of newly developed weapons? How can each state access a defense contract of equal strength to prevent an imbalance in global power? How will the UN approach the idea of disarmament when defense contracts continue to be renewed by many countries?

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US Senate: Tension in the Two Party System

Kara Swain

The US Senate: Tension in the Two-Party System will explore the procedure of the United States Senate Chamber to recreate the fast-flying debate that Senators engage in daily. This debate will be centered on two topics, the question of the Filibuster in Senate procedure and, if this issue is exhausted, on the issue of environmental policy reform and climate change. Part of this committee will include the repercussions of the Senators’ votes and speeches in an effort to make the simulation as realistic as possible: committee updates will be given by Twitter in response to vote tallies from CSPAN (these tweets will be displayed throughout the conference, so there is no need to have a personal Twitter account for this committee). Overall, this should be a heated committee that gives delegates the opportunity to immerse themselves in their Senate characters and gain a better understanding of the legislative process of the United States.

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Human Rights Council: Analyzing the Governments of Benjamin Netanyahu

Naeman Mahmood

​ Every day, our actions are guided by the morals and laws of the society we live in. If we do not follow those laws, we are held accountable through the justice system. But what about our leaders? It's the near future and The United Nations Human Rights Council has recently expanded its power, creating an international judiciary aimed at holding world leaders accountable. Their first leader is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will be analyzed for his alleged human rights violations against Palestinians.

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The Scales of Themis: Ukraine v. Russian Federation

Kardelen Ergul

Dear Advocates and Judges, welcome to the International Court of Justice. 

The International Court of Justice or shortly the ICJ, is the main judicial body of the United Nations. Since its establishment in 1945, the ICJ has dealt with many cases around the world to bring peace, freedom, justice, and security to the states. Even though, the ICJ helped many countries and resolved some of the most important international crises of the history, one challenge remains: Ukraine v. Russian Federation. Perhaps, the biggest case of the ICJ for the decade, Ukraine v. Russian Federation remains to be an unsolved case for five years.  As tensions grow between these two former Soviet states, Europe and the world finds itself in a hard position with uncertainty. While our Advocates will be dueling for the fate of their country and telling their side’s story, our Judges will take on the role of Themis and make the final judgment that is going to affect the international community.

Crisis Committees

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Inside Out: A Life in the Day

Yazan Bader

Inspired by the Oscar winning film of the same name, the “Inside Out” committee builds on the premise of the original Pixar classic to make for a crisis experience unlike any other. In the spirit of the film, each member of the committee will take on the role of one emotion in the same human mind. The emotions in play will expand upon the original five to incorporate more complex emotions, as well. The timeline will follow the lifespan of an individual, wherein the emotions will have to work together or against one another to overcome the pitfalls of adolescence, adulthood and beyond.

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Rearmament, Revolution, & Retribution: Europe in the Shadow of the Great War

Matthew Berman

In the aftermath of a war the likes of which the world has never seen, European leaders face the task of rebuilding a decimated continent. Nationalism and imperialism strengthen their hold over western Europe as communism sweeps across Russia, whilst fascism thrives in the face of defeat amongst the Axis powers. In this committee, delegates will take the roles of various European leaders in an effort to guide a distraught Europe through the darkest years in its history, beginning with the signing of the treaty of Versailles.