Bio: Listen up DISEC! My name is Diego Negrón-Reichard and it is an incredible honor to say that I will be chairing DISEC for my fourth and last time. For the past three years, I've been the captain of Princeton's Model UN Team and have been very active on campus. I am so motivated to give it my all and provide you delegates with an amazing conference experience. If you have any questions, please reach out!
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Topic Description:Topic A: Cybersecurity in the 21st Century
Cybersecurity is an increasingly discussed topic that warrants the attention of the international community. Citizens, corporations, civil society actors, and governments heavily depend on information technology (IT), here defined as the extensive network of resources readily available to consumers online. While information on this network is typically secured, the existing protections are insignificant compared to the lethal tools employed to commit cybercrimes. Because attacks on cybersecurity require few resources and are hard to track, and because so many users are dependent on IT, cyberwarfare is an asymmetric and attractive way to achieve outcomes for several people. The intervention of Russia during the 2016 U.S. election is only one example of the numerous instances of cyberwarfare. In 2007, the Estonian government was hacked, causing the shutdown of important government resources and financial services for several hours. In 2010, a malware popularly known as “Stuxnet” debilitated and crippled the development of Iranian nuclear centrifuges. Most recently, the 2017 Presidential election serves as a case study of the role of foreign actors meddling in national contests. The examples are abundant, and suffice to justify the intervention of the DISEC committee.
Topic B: The Small Arms Trade in Latin America
The 2013 Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) represents a significant step towards a globalized system of management for the trade of small and light weapons (SALW’s). However, the treaty has been criticized for lacking sufficient enforcement mechanisms and for representing an imposition of Western standards. The illicit trade of SALW’s and past attempts at regulating the market have been characterized by divides along developed vs. developing nations lines, with typically the former advocating for lax regulations. This is especially true in the case of Latin America, where the rate of homicides is among the highest in the world. The Latin American region represents an interesting case study because the issue of illegal SALW’s is inherently tied to an array of policy issues, such as poverty, lack of educational opportunities, and most pressingly the presence of drug cartels. This topic then requires the DISEC committee to be creative in its solutions, and to consider the numerous issues at stake when regulating the sale and purchase of SALW’s in the Latin American context.
Bio: Hi! My name is Alis. I'm a junior history major from Palisades Park, New Jersey. I'm interested in studying U.S. history, particularly contemporary race relations, and plan to go to law school. You can imagine I'm a pretty boring person. When I have free time, I like to go to the gym with my friends or take mindless Buzzfeed quizzes like Make a sandwich and find out your dream career (I got lawyer). But just because I'm boring doesn't mean PMUNC will be. Hope to see you in November!
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Topic Description:Topic A: Central American Drug Conflict
Thousands of the residents of Central American nations have fled the region’s skyrocketing drug-related violence. It’s estimated in the last few years alone that around 10% of the Northern Triangle region’s residents have left – most of them for the United States. The costs are not only limited to the hundreds of millions of dollars in extortion money and billions of dollars in lost business but also the countless innocent lives lost in the crossfire. The Central American drug conflict requires an across-the-board approach to curbing violence, re-settling drug violence refugees, educating future generations, rebuilding opportunity and apprehending and imprisoning those responsible for the conflict.
Topic B: Food Insecurity in Eastern Africa and Yemen
According to the United Nations humanitarian chief, the UN is at a “critical point in history” as the organization faces one of the largest humanitarian crises since its inception. A mixture of food insecurity, terrorism, war, deteriorating infrastructure, political instability, and lethal diseases has left 20 million people in Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen starving and in need of immediate international assistance. With every week of inaction, hundreds of children, women and men are passing away – what will the global community do to stop this crisis of astronomical proportions?
Bio: Hey SPECPOL! My name is Gabriela and I'm a rising junior in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate (minor) in French Language and Culture. I'm originally from Porto Alegre, Brazil and I've been doing MUN for almost seven years now. This year, I am the captain of Princeton's MUN travel team. I've also been working on learning how to feed myself, and my specialties are popcorn, brigadeiro (essentially a ball of Nutella with sprinkles), and take-out sushi. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns!
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Topic Description:Topic A: Israel-Palestine Relations
As an aftermath of World War II, the United Nations adopted a partition plan in 1948, which established the state of Israel. While on one hand this provided a the Jews a homeland and marked an important step in making up for the atrocious acts committed during the Holocaust, it also sparked a conflict which affects the region to this day. A war took place between Israel and many Arab states, primarily because Arabs resented how this new state laid a claim on their homeland (particularly the holy city of Jerusalem). Despite the magnitude of the powers rising against Israel, the state managed to survive primarily due to US support. This conflict destabilized Palestine, by creating a refugee crisis, by allowing for an unstable and, some say, terrorist government, and by dividing a country. Now, Israel is pushing the agreed-upon boundaries by establishing settlements in Palestinian territory. This might place the possibility of a two-state solution in jeopardy by making a contiguous Palestinian state impossible. Not only are these settlements considered illegal by most of the international community, but they are sparking continuous conflict in the region, making a lasting peace impossible. Delegates tackling these issues should look carefully at past UN decisions and consider why they haven’t been fully effective. They should be creative in their new solutions, but also remember the possible political ramifications (domestically and internationally) of their decisions.
Topic B: Establishing lasting peace in Yemen
The Civil War in Yemen began as a rebellion from the minority Shia group, the Houth, against the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. Since its outbreak in 2015, the conflict has drawn in many international forces and influences, including Saudi Arabia, Iran (allegedly), Eritrea, the United States, France and the United Kingdom. This regional turmoil has also given an opportunity for Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State to exert their influence throughout Yemen. Ultimately, those who are suffering the most are the civilians, who have had their lives uprooted by fighting, drone strikes, homelessness, lack of food and water, and limited medical care. Although many international organizations such as the Red Cross and Amnesty International have attempted to provide aid, they have struggled to have access to the most affected regions due to the fighting. Delegates tackling these issues must consider the immediate circumstances of civilians, but also work together to establish long-term political stability in the regions, while balancing their individual interests.
Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Lena and I'm a sophomore studying Economics, Finance, and French at Princeton. Besides participating in the International Relations Council on campus, I compete on the Debate Team, serve on the governing council of Whig-Clio, and work in the Office of International Programs. I participated in MUN throughout my four years of high school in North Carolina, so I'm super excited to be chairing WHO!
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Topic Description:Topic A: Climate Change and Public Health
The rapid environmental changes spurred by global warming have forced countries to adapt their health policy. Rising sea levels, warmer average temperatures, and increased extreme weather events have increased the risk of infectious vector borne and waterborne diseases. While all nations have a stake in addressing climate change, each country’s unique geography and financial resources will determine what it prioritizes. Coastal and island regions have a vested interest in updating natural disaster protocols to counter sea level rise, arid regions must address diminishing water supplies and food insecurity from drought, and almost all countries face increased risk of infectious disease outbreak and heat-wave-related illness and death. While many countries have already signed on to international initiatives like the Paris Agreements, recent electoral changes jeopardize the success of such commitments. In WHO, countries should develop policies to protect human health from the most imminent and severe threats of climate change, including floods, droughts, pollution, and food security. As a truly global issue, strategic partnerships between developing and developed countries will be key to sustainable international success.
Topic B: Women and Girls’ Health
Women and girls face a number of unique health barriers around the world today. Reproductive and sexual health, mental health, and domestic abuse and violence are issues that all countries must engage with. Women and girls are far more likely to suffer sexual abuse, and HIV/AIDs is the leading cause of death worldwide for women aged 15-44 years. Lack of access to education and health services, economic vulnerability, and biological factors all influence the prevalence of sexual health concerns. The influences of cultural norms, religion, and tradition strongly shape how nations choose to adjust these concerns. As the representative of a country, it is imperative to weigh a nation’s relative priorities regarding culture and health care in an accurate manner to create policies that reflect a realistic national commitment.
Bio: My name is Larry and I come from Princeton, NJ. My major is Operations Research & Financial Engineering with certificates in finance, computer science, and machine learning / statistics. I am on the heavyweight rowing team and part of Tiger Investments.
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Topic Description:Topic A: East Asian Human Trafficking
Migration of displaced people has always been a complex and politically sensitive issue, especially because it has shot up to unprecedented levels in recent years. Reports estimate that approximately 30-40% of this migration is unregulated traffic and a significant portion of this migration is human trafficking. Trafficked women are often sexually exploited and sold for a premium; these profits go on to fund other criminal enterprises. How can the UNHCR address this issue and protect the rights of those being trafficked?
Topic B: Internally Displaced Peoples in Colombia
In December 2014, the UNHCR announced that nearly 6 million people were registered in Colombia as “internally displaced.” Colombia has been engaged in a civil war between insurgents and the government for over half a century; the population has suffered greatly from these conflicts. In addition to the war, the drug trade in Colombia has displaced thousands of people as cartels attempt to expand coca cultivation. How should the UNHCR respond to this crisis?
Bio: Hello! My name is Vishan, and I am a senior from the faraway land of Princeton Junction concentrating in Economics with certificates in Spanish Language and Culture and Statistics and Machine Learning. I have spent far too much time competing in and organizing MUN conferences (this is my 7th and final PMUNC), first as a high school delegate, and now as a part of the Princeton Model UN Team (PMUNT) and a member of the PMUNC Secretariat. When I'm not in Whig Hall doing MUN things, I'm in my room watching tennis (always Roger Federer) and soccer (Arsenal and Real Madrid), or playing an inordinate amount of FIFA 17. I look forward to meeting you all in November!
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Topic Description:Topic A: Automation and the New Economy
The advent of automation is expected to have widespread implications for the global economy. With robots replacing factory workers and computers handling complex coordination tasks, sectors ranging from manufacturing to financial services are expected to become dramatically more productive, bringing down costs of goods and services for consumers. At the same time, both developing and developed countries will face challenges adjusting to the new economy. Developed countries may face political unrest and growing levels of inequality as low-skilled jobs are replaced with robots. On the other hand, emerging economies may be unable to foster manufacturing-focused economic growth without the access to advanced technologies that is enjoyed in advanced economies. Delegates will be tasked with understanding the challenges of automation for their own countries, and with proposing policies that allow all member states to enjoy the benefits of automation while minimizing the downsides for low-skilled workers who lose out in the process.
Topic B: Economic Migration
The Syrian refugee crisis and recent tensions over Mexican immigration in the United States have highlighted the critical role that migration plays in both international relations and domestic politics. However, it is important to remember that the majority of migrants are not refugees from war zones, but rather economic migrants who come (even in peacetime) in search of employment and a better standard of living. Economic migrants encompass many different groups of people, ranging from migrant laborers in Dubai to wealthy professionals or “expats” in global financial capitals. Naturally, country policy varies widely on this issue; some countries offer a path to citizenship for poorer migrants, while others only favor short-term stays by high-skilled labor. Delegates shall be responsible for designing a new system of immigration that adheres to their own immigration policy, and balances domestic resistance to immigration with the economic benefits for both native and migrant populations.
Bio: Hey everyone! I'm Fritz, a Junior in the Woodrow Wilson School. I'm from Lawrenceville, NJ (about 10 mins from Princeton) and I've lived in NJ my whole life (besides a 4 year stint at boarding school in PA). In addition to the WWS, I'm in the Latin American Studies and Urban Studies certificate programs. Around campus, I'm involved in various organizations: I'm the president of the Club Swim team, I'm a project leader for El Centro (a volunteer organization that teaches ESL classes to underprivileged communities in Trenton), and I'm on the Princeton Mock Trial team. My hobbies include spending too much money at Starbucks, maintaining my 15 snap streaks, and trying to become Frank Underwood. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you might have - I'm really looking forward to meeting you all at the conference!
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Topic Description:The World Bank Group Response to the Haiti Earthquake:
The tragedy that struck the impoverished country of Haiti on January 12, 2010 created crippling destruction and left hundreds of thousands dead after the magnitude 7 quake originated near the capital of Port-au-Prince. The dodgy construction and weak infrastructure was particularly susceptible to the devastating energy released by the quake and the rubble filled streets has left the country vulnerable and at a standstill. The members of the World Bank must find a way to assess the damage, create a redevelopment plan and figure out how to supervise and enact the policies. Additionally, the bank must figure out how to sustainably finance the reconstruction in a way that boosts employment to hasten the recovery process, while mending the social and cultural damage as well. This project will require a great deal of coordination not only with the government of Haiti, but also with other public and private interests. The plan should include elements regarding human welfare, infrastructure, employment, and economic growth in order to help this already-struggling country recover from the unfortunate events that have unfolded there.
Powering and Transporting Argentina into the Millennial Age:
Argentina is the perfect case study for the World Bank’s investment in Latin American infrastructure and development. The Argentinian government has been driving macroeconomic and structural changes to increase growth and cement its place in the Latin American market. There are several ways that the World Bank has decided to contribute to the growth of the economy with a specific focus on employment creation and sustainability. Renewable energy is the crux of the World Bank’s investment strategy, as it reinforces the current administration’s focus on this sector in addition to stimulating growth while minimizing dependency on fossil fuels. This goes hand in hand with the bank’s investment in transportation infrastructure networks to improve efficiency of flow, sustainability of finances, environmental impact, and maximum capacity as the country has seen a steady incline in economic growth (specifically in the lower income sectors of the population). The key issues that members of the World Bank will have to flesh out is the efficacy of the renewable energy and transportation investment projects, strategies for financing the endeavors, and coordination between the World Bank and the Argentinian government to meet the desired sector and national growth goals.
Bio: My name is Aleksandar and I’m a junior studying at Princeton’s Politics Department. My main academic interests include institutional design and European integration politics, Russian-EU affairs, and European intellectual history. This upcoming PMUNC will be the third that I’m chairing, so I’m very much looking forward to meeting you and having a great weekend of debate. See you in November!
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Topic Description:European Union Foreign policy:
The European Council will attempt to address the future of the EU's relations with the UK and the foreign policy coordination between the Member States in times of crisis. Concentrating on the effect of the EU's foreign policy on the stability of the Union, the committee will have to create a framework on EU foreign policy, especially with regards to the United Kingdom.
Terrorism, Xenophobia, and Ultranationalism - Fear within Europe:
There is an imminent danger of rising nationalist movements, ultranationalism and xenophobia to the European integration processes. The European Council will try to identify the sources of such phenomena and find some new ways to prevent them and strengthen coordination between the Member States.
Bio: Hi guys! My name is Gene Li and I am a junior at Princeton, majoring in Electrical Engineering with a certificate in Statistics and Machine Learning. I grew up in Nashville, TN. I'm a fan of the NBA, coffee, and Big Data.
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Topic Description:The Role of the African Union in Mediating in Armed Conflicts:
A diverse continent representing a wide range of cultures, religions, and political structures renders conflict perhaps unavoidable. Africa has in recent memory been a hotbed for violence and conflict, frequently arousing the interest of major world players in the NATO and the UNSC. Insurgency may be the bane of African development and economic growth. Today, Nigeria is actively combating militant Islamist group Boko Haram, state security forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo is fighting the Kamwina Nsapu militia, and violence in Sudan, while diminishing, leaves many questions unanswered. The African Union seeks a resolution to these ongoing conflicts and others, as well as come up with general guidelines on responding to violence, especially when human rights violations occur.
Combating Infectious Disease:
Infectious diseases continue to be an enormous threat to the health of citizens. HIV/AIDS is the largest killer, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, with an estimated 19 million people living with HIV in those regions. Africa is making improvements, however. Major initiatives for prevention, treatment, and education are underway. However, issues exist regarding cultural stigmas against HIV positive people, religious opposition to contraception, and lack of recognition by African political leaders.
Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Audrey and I'm sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio. (Go Cavs!!!) I'm planning on concentrating in Economics with certificates in Spanish Language and Culture and Creative Writing. On campus, I write for The Daily Princetonian, edit for the Nassau Literary Review, and work as a tour guide. This is my first time chairing a committee, and I'm so excited for some fantastic debate!
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Topic Description:Combating Corruption and Establishing Stable Government:
1959 marked a turning point in Venezuelan politics. The election of Rómulo Betancourt and the signing of the Puntofijo Pact -- an agreement pledging cooperation between the three major political parties of the era -- signified a shift from decades of instability and conflict to a more stable democratic system. Yet division continued to exist as the nation struggled to transition economically and socially from dictatorship to political representation. In 1960 and 1961, Betancourt’s administration attempted to institute a variety of reforms, helped to establish the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and introduced a new constitution. This committee will focus on strategies for building and sustaining a stable regime, particularly considering the role of oil wealth and international relations in Venezuela’s development.
The Cuban Revolution, initiated by Fidel Castro, roughly corresponded to the beginning of the Fourth Republic of Venezuela. As both countries underwent political transition, their relationship was mixed -- in January of 1959, Castro toured Venezuela, seeking to reopen diplomatic relations and express gratitude for Venezuelan support of his revolution. However, Venezuela-Cuba relations quickly soured under Betancourt’s administration; the following year a left-wing uprising within Venezuela, sponsored by Castro and the Communist Party of Cuba, threatened political stability in the nation as well as diplomatic relations between the two countries. Key issues delegates should consider are the economic ties between Venezuela and Cuba, the strategic implications of the two countries’ relationship, and a framework for establishing relations -- or cutting ties -- with Castro.
Bio: Welcome, delegates, to the International Criminal Court at PMUNC 2017! My name is Elkhyn Rivas Rodriguez, I’m a junior in the History Department, and I’m very excited to serve as Chair of the the Court. This committee is the first committee I staffed at PMUNC, and I’m thrilled to be returning to the Court and what has been the most enjoyable committee I have ever staffed or competed in. You’ll find that, in the Court, we’ll blend the essence of Model UN with the procedures of Mock Trial, resulting in a debate experience quite unlike any you’ve ever encountered before. At Princeton, I am a member of both the Mock Trial and Model UN teams, in addition to defending students accused of academic dishonesty before the University Honor Committee. If questions concerning the Court, its procedures, or other matters related to our committee should arise, do not hesitate to contact me.
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Topic Description:ICC v. Ariel Sharon:
The of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will prosecute Ariel Sharon, Minister of Defense and 11th Prime Minister of the State of Israel, for the Crime of Genocide under Article VI of the Rome Statute. Between 16 and 18 September of 1982, elements acting under the direct authority of the Phalange militia and the watch of the Israel Defense Forces entered the Sabra and Shatila Refugee Camps in West Beirut, Lebanon. Over the course of three days, said elements massacred between 460 and 3,500 civilians, most of them Palestinian refugees. On 8 February 1983, the Kahan Commission, established by the Government of the State of Israel, ruled that Mr. Sharon, in his capacity as Minister of Defense, bore personal responsibility for the massacre, "For ignoring the danger of bloodshed and revenge," in allowing the Phalange to enter the camps and for, "Not taking appropriate measures to prevent bloodshed."
ICC v. Harold Truman:
The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will prosecute Harold S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States of America, for War Crimes under Article VIII of the Rome Statute. On 6 and 9 August of 1945, elements of the armed services of the United States of America acting under the direct authorization of Mr. Truman dropped two nuclear weapons on the Imperial Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, killing between 129,000 and 226,000 civilians and military personnel. Mr. Truman’s decision, justified as necessary to ending the war quickly and minimizing casualties, remains as controversial today as it was in 1945. On 30 September 1945, the United States Strategic Bombing Survey, established by United States Secretary of War Henry Stimson to analyze the successes and failures of Allied war bombing, declared, “Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts, and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey's opinion that certainly prior to 31 December 1945, and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.”
ICC v. Anthony Blair:
The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will prosecute Anthony C. L. Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, for the Crime of Aggression under Article VIII of the Rome Statute, as amended on 11 June 2010. On 18 March 2003, the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, under the leadership of Mr. Blair, voted to invade the Republic of Iraq. On 6 July 2016, the Iraq Inquiry, carried out under the leadership of Sir John Chilcot, found that Britain’s declaration of war was made before peaceful alternatives had been exhausted, had undermined the legal authority of the United Nations Security Council, had occurred on legally questionable grounds, and had been largely unnecessary.
Bio: Hi there! My name is Casey and I hail from a town just north of Princeton. I'm pursuing a concentration in Computer Science and certificates in Statistics & Machine Learning as well as Technology & Society, and I am a part of the Class of 2019. Besides PMUNC, I'm involved in the HackPrinceton team and the Entrepreneurship Club on campus, and I sing for fun (but not for profit). I'm looking forward to being your co-chair for the Silicon Valley Roundtable at this year's PMUNC!
Hey all! I am Samuel Oh and am very excited to be your co-chair this PMUNC. I am a prospective Woodrow Wilson School Major in the class of 2020 with specific interests in International Relations and Diplomacy. On the side, I enjoy drawing, arranging piano music, listening to all hosts of music from classical to kpop, swimming, and playing computer games.
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Topic Description:Freedom on the Internet:
As tensions between Washington and Silicon Valley rise, Internet Freedom has re-risen as a major battleground of technology policy. Whether these communities are battling fake news from the aftermath of 2016 Presidential Election, or reopening the once-closed debate on broadband regulation in light of Congress’s repeal of Internet privacy rules, what was once a study for Computer Science professors has become a hotbed topic on the Hill and beyond. Delegates will be expected to take these hot-button issues as representatives of their respective organizations, whether Uber or the FCC, and draw upon both technical understanding and diplomatic know-how to build agreements that protect the future of America’s tech sector.
Automation and Immigration in the tech industry:
Countless instances of the rich science fiction genre have imagined a complex world completely run, or in a more dystopian sense, ruled by machines. That world may not be completely absurd by any means. Many economists expect that millions of American jobs are will be gradually replaced by automation in the coming decades. From the Rust Belt to the Riverside-San Bernadino area, studies conducted by Ball State University have concluded that only 13 percent of manufacturing job losses are attributed to trade. The rest are being lost to automation. While the rapid automation of the world’s industrial sector yields ever cheaper, efficient, and consistent goods, the jobs to humans they once provided, whether it be telemarketers, insurance underwriters and appraisers, tax preparers, or cashiers are at serious risk of becoming lost to machines. Within the United States alone, almost 47% of jobs are at risk of disappearing in this fashion. This is further augmented by fears in the United States of job loss attributed to immigrant workers, an idea rampant in the current American political debate. Whether immigrant workers are taking away from American jobs or not, delegates will also assert the place of immigrants in the future American workforce. Within the purview of the Silicon Roundtable setting, delegates will formulate an appropriate statement of policy. At its core, the committee will deal with the issues of job loss, possible overarching standards, governmental roles, and the relationship between man, both American and immigrant, as well as machine in the industrial fields of the future.
Bio: Hey everyone! I'm Maia, I'm a potential computer science major in the class of 2020, hailing from Amherst, Massachusetts. When not frantically debugging code, I play for the women's club frisbee team and write for the on-campus humor magazine, Tiger Mag (check out our website). Looking forward to meeting you guys!
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Topic Description:Cyber Espionage:
Cyber espionage has been changing rapidly throughout the past couple of years in terms of speed of attacks and sophistication. Due to the increasing importance of cyberattacks there is now a question as to whether NATO’s current role and activities are enough to combat this threat. NATO currently has two broad themes for which it lays out its cyber defense role: protection of its own networks and assistance to its members in developing their own cyber defense capabilities and capacity. Yet there have been increasing recent cyberattacks been launched on NATO government institutions, as well as companies and private financial institutions within NATO. NATO must also address cyber espionage by adversarial nation-states, specifically Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea. How should NATO combat this increase in cyberattacks? Should NATO play a more pro-active role in contributing to cyber-security globally?
Rising authoritarianism in Turkey:
Turkey's recent referendum this past April, which granted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more presidential power, verging on the dictatorial level, has resulted in a diplomatic crisis between Turkey’s relationship with some of its key NATO allies. The growing authoritarianism in Turkey has raised cause for concerns as a large number of NATO and NATO member weapons have been deployed in Turkey. Turkey refuses to withdraw its troops from occupied Northern Cyprus and thus is deliberately preventing unification talks on the island. At the same time, Turkey’s proved to be a valuable NATO ally in the past and is critical in the Syrian war. The United States have already moved some of their nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania, should other nations follow suit? How should NATO members approach relations with Turkey, especially when one of the most important NATO bases is in Turkey?
Nicholas Wu is a senior in the Woodrow Wilson School, pursuing certificates in American Studies and East Asian Studies. He’s currently working on a thesis about the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). On campus, Nicholas is involved with the International Relations Council, the Daily Princetonian, the Asian American Students Association, and Princeton Advocates for Justice. Nicholas also enjoys cooking.
Hey there, my name is Oscar, and I’m super excited to be your crisis director for PMUNC 2017! Our committee is going to be so great! I am a senior on campus, and have been extremely involved in MUN throughout my time here. I look forward to getting to know you all throughout the conference.
Topic Description: Starting in 1850, the Taiping Rebellion was a revolt, led by Hung Hsiu-ch'üan, against the Manchu dynasty of China. Hung was a visionary who was influenced by Protestant Christianity. This led him to was to establish a new dynasty called The Taiping. Strong discontent with the corrupt and decaying government drew many adherents to his movement, and his ideals spread across China with great violence. The rebels captured Nanjing in 1853 which was soon made their capital. This drew attention of many foreign powers especially the British as they realized that their foreign trade with China may halt. It is crucial to address this radical political and religious upheaval that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on all of China.
Hello, and welcome delegates to PMUNC 2017! My name is Natalie Fahlberg, and I am ecstatic to be the your chair. I am currently a senior at Princeton, where I concentrate in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where I focus on Conflict and Cooperation and the Middle East. For most of my time on the high school MUN circuit, I competed as a crisis delegate, which I have also done the past three years as a team member and captain of Princeton’s MUN team. In my free time, I love to run, play the violin, and watch any movie with Hugh Jackman in it. I also spend most of my time (when I'm not doing MUN) as an ROTC cadet, and will commission as a 2LT in the U.S. Army after I graduate this year. PMUNC is going to be great, and I cannot wait to see the exciting things you all do in committee! Feel free to email me with any questions, concerns, or good jokes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krzysztof Norko is a junior studying ORFE at Princeton.. On campus, Krzysztof is involved with the International Relations Council, LGBTQ+ society, and Former Yugoslavic community. Krzysztof also enjoys long walks on the beach.
Topic Description: This committee will be tasked with the complex issue of assessing the situation within Yemen. For more than a year, Yemen has been in the midst of a civil war between the Houthi rebels and Haadi supporters of Yemen's recognised government. This conflict has led to 1000’s of civilian deaths and high levels of unemployment, poverty and crime within the nation. What happens in Yemen can greatly exacerbate regional tensions. It also worries the West because of the threat of attacks emanating from the country as it becomes more unstable. As the Yemeni Supreme Political Council it will be your agenda to address the problems that plague your state.
Hey guys! My name is Ben Press, and I'm delighted be serving as your chair at PMUNC this year. This is my second time serving on PMUNC staff, but my first time as chair. A little bit about me- I'm originally from Vienna, Virginia, which is just outside of D.C., and am a sophomore and prospective history major. I'll probably pursue certificates (minors) in French and Medieval Studies, and have particular academic interests in early modern European history and the history of legal thought. Outside of class, I'm an Orange Key tour guide, chair of my residential college's council, and am a captain of the Princeton Model UN Team (PMUNT). When I'm not doing that stuff, you can catch me watching the latest John Oliver and stuffing my face with Cosmic Brownies. I really look forward to meeting you all at PMUNC 2017!
My name is Jivahn Moradian; I'm a Sophomore at Princeton University who is still stubbornly procrastinating at choosing a major. I was born in Colorado, though I grew up in Paris France. Outside of MUN, I love theater, aikido, playing pool after 1:00 in the morning, and going on walks in nature. I'm very excited to see how you all will respond to the crises I'll be cooking up for you over the conference!
Topic Description: The National Assembly in Paris, France, circa 1939. Tensions are running high within Europe and in September, Britain and France officially declare war on Germany. This is in response to Germany’s invasion of Poland, Britain and France. This committee will take place following the events of the Saar Offensive in Saarland, Germany. As the French Executive Council, this committee will oversee France’s leadership, diplomacy and military strategies as the nation deals with the ever pressing issue of Nazi Germany. In an efforts to stop conflict and mitigate its effects on their citizens, this committee will be working prevent the events of the Battle of France in 1940 and deal with bigger issues that will affect the entire continent.
Hello, and welcome delegates to PMUNC 2017! My name is Rahul Mehta, and I am ecstatic to be the your chair for UNSC. I am currently a junior at Princeton. In my free time, I love to do ballet, sing opera, and watch chickflicks. PMUNC is going to be great, and I cannot wait to see the exciting things you all do in committee! Feel free to email me anytime at email@example.com
Vienna Lunking '20 is majoring in EEB, while pursuing both the HPD and ENV certificates, because she made a commitment at the start of her college career to only involve herself in activities with short acronyms. PMUNC, therefore, is pushing it, but she's made an exception for such a worthy event. Vienna can't wait to see how the delegates respond to the various problems she throws at them, and she promises to get creative if you will!
Topic Description: For the past decade, the international political situation in the Korean peninsula has deteriorated. Tensions are high between North Korea and many other nations as they continue to launch missile tests with Nuclear capabilities This instability has recently escalated and caused a myriad of security and economic problems that endanger the lives of the nations’ citizens. The UN Security Council’s job will be to determine how it will protect the citizens whose lives are affected by these political conflicts, and how it will promote stability in the region. Whether through sanctions, covert action, diplomacy or military force, this is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately.
Ryan is a Junior in the History Department and President of the International Relations Council. In addition to casually reading every news article or op-ed he comes across, he occasionally studies, sleeps, eats, and plays IM sports. He's super excited to serve as a crisis chair for PMUNC 2017 and can't wait to meet the delegates!
Who is Rohan? Rohan is a current student proud to be studying at Princeton University. He likes to work, eat and sleep.In his free time Rohan is a professional power lifter, you can always find him in the gym, and he has a Youtube channel on which he plays minecraft. He's super excited to serve as a crisis chair for PMUNC 2017 and can't wait to meet the delegates!
Topic Description: In the early 1900s, the Mexican Revolution aimed to end the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz Mori in Mexico and establish a constitutional republic. A large number of groups participated in the long and costly conflict. This committee will be from the view of a cabinet of rebels who wish to draft a new Mexican constitution. This is to formalize many of the reforms sought by rebel groups. Díaz reigned using a campaign of bullying, intimidating citizens into supporting him. While civil liberties such as the freedom of press suffered under his rule, the greatest injustice came in the form of new land laws. To counter problems such as the authoritarian rule, exploitation and poor treatment of workers and great disparity between the rich and poor, this rebel cabinet must work together to build a new and better Mexico.
Matthew's Bio: Chair:
Welcome to PMUNC 2017! My name is Matthew, and I am a rising senior from New York City majoring in Classics. I participated in Model UN all through high school and have been actively involved with the Princeton Model UN program since I first arrived on campus freshman year. Outside of classes and PMUNC, I have also been actively involved in the International Relations Council and the Princeton Corporate Finance Club. I am a member of the Princeton Tower Club (one of Princeton’s eating clubs) and an active participant in various intramural sports. I am an ardent sports fan, particularly of the Brooklyn Nets. I am looking forward to having a great time at PMUNC this year and to a weekend of excellent debate. Feel free to reach out and contact me with any questions you may have!
Andrea's Bio: Chair:
Hey guys! My name is Andrea. I'm a junior majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School. This will be my third PMUNC, and I'm super excited to be chairing this year. In addition to staffing conferences, I also compete with the Princeton Model UN team, volunteer as an ESL teacher, and run a graphic design business. In my free time, I like to enjoy the simple things in life like naps, Netflix, and cold brew. Can't wait to see y'all at the conference!
Sarah's Bio: Chair:
Hi guys! My name is Sarah and I will be on of your JCC Chairs. This will be my third and last time chairing at PMUNC, and the first time when I will not be simultaneously serving as an officer for the Model UN club! I will be a senior in Princeton's History department this fall, and will be writing my thesis on how news coverage of the Rodney King Riots affected political and public discourse in its aftermath. But I am also interested in journalism, and pretty much any other topic that sounds remotely cool. I look forward to meeting all of you this November!
Hey guys! My name is Alex Fager, and I'm delighted be serving as your crisis director at PMUNC this year. This is my third time serving on PMUNC staff. A little bit about me- I'm from Niceville, Florida, and am a junior in the WWS. Outside of class, I'm an advocate for Princeton Republicans, volunteer my time at the local farm, and am a proud member of the Princeton Yu-Gi-Yo team. When I'm not doing that stuff, you can catch me in the dining hall as I really like to eat. I really look forward to meeting you all at PMUNC 2017!
Topic Description: In the late 18th century, the First Boer War broke out between the British colonizers and the Boers of the Transvaal Republic. This War was caused by the expansion of the British Empire in colonialism Africa, the British annexation of the Transvaal and the Boer opposition to British rule in the Transvaal. The British sought to establish a confederation of all the British colonies, whether peacefully or not, as they had done previously with the Zulus. This started by annexing the Transvaal to reduce the power of diverging states. Fed-up, the Boers starting openly conflicting with British Powers. This led to many sieges and eventually the establishment of the South African Republic. In this JCC, the main players are the British, Boers and Zulu. These parties must either work together or fight to for leadership in order to fulfill their goals.