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North Atlantic Treaty Organization

In the wake of the Second World War, the Allied nations decided to continue their alliance, politically and militarily, in order to prevent the international spread of Communism, a genuine threat to NATO’s existence. That alliance became known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, named after its establishing Atlantic Treaty. In the latter half of the 20th century, NATO was confronted with the Warsaw Pact, a rival military organization associated with the Soviet Union and the gradual rise of Communism. With the fall of the Soviet Union, however, NATO is adapting to the 21st century and its revised role as a peacekeeping organization rather than a military alliance. What is the way forward for NATO in the 21st century, and how will it define its new role with the passing of its greatest adversary?

This committee has been specifically designed for intermediate and experienced delegates. As such, position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 23:59.

Topic A: Countering Cybercrime (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Security within Afghanistan (Click to show summary)


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Allan Lee

Allan Lee | Director

As a junior attending St. George’s School, Allan is ecstatic to be able to serve as the director of NATO at VMUN 2018. Ever since deciding to travel to San Francisco to participate in his very first MUN conference as a young grade 8 boy, Allan has fostered a passion for global issues and international relations. In his spare time, you can find Allan singing his heart out to Mandopop and Kpop, binge-watching Netflix and YouTube, and playing traditional Chinese music. Allan looks forward to an unforgettable weekend of fierce debate and wishes that VMUN 2018 will be great for all.

Inaya Ali

Inaya Ali | Chair

Inaya is a grade 11 IB student at Port Moody Secondary School and is enthused to serve as your Chair for NATO. As she is currently fully immersed in the Model UN world after her shocking introduction to it in grade 9, she has become drawn to the exhilarating world of debate and diplomacy. Despite her keen interest in foreign affairs and global conflict her main passion and favorite aspect of MUN is the debate. In her spare time, which she doesn’t have a lot of, Inaya enjoys a variety of sports but most importantly basketball, going on adventures and doing volunteer work. Inaya is so excited to staff this Committee and looks forward to meeting all of you.

Roberto Xavier

Roberto Xavier | Assistant Director

Roberto is a senior at St. Georges school and is thrilled to be your AD in NATO. Ever since Roberto walked through a committee door he has fallen in love with MUN and public speaking. Roberto has made many friendships and bonds in the committees rooms, he hopes to make many more in his final year of high school. When not dressed in wester business attire, Roberto is most likely to be found wasting his time with Netflix, attempting to play rugby or exploring the amazing nature of British Columbia. Roberto cannot wait for the excellent debate debate to commence at VMUN 2018, and is excited to work with everyone!

You can contact the Director at Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.

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