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 North 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 has increasingly assumed a role as a peacekeeping organization beyond that of a military alliance.

This committee is specifically designed for intermediate and experienced delegates. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by February 7th, 2020, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: Adapting and Modernizing the Alliance (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Securing the Mediterranean Sea (Click to show summary)

Cameron Brawn

Cameron Brawn | Director

Cameron is a senior attending Richmond Christian Secondary School and is honoured to be serving as the Director for NATO at VMUN 2020. His Model UN journey began in Grade 9, where he became intrigued by the engaging discussions and political debate evident within each committee session. Since then, he has delegated and staffed at numerous conferences spanning across the Lower Mainland. Outside of MUN, Cameron can be found playing hockey, endlessly scrolling through 80’s Spotify playlists, or pursuing his passion of economics and commerce-related studies. As this upcoming iteration of VMUN will be his last, Cameron hopes that all delegates in NATO are inspired by the ideals promoted within Model UN and that this weekend will be a lasting memory for all.

Rhea Tabet

Rhéa Tabet | Chair

Rhéa is a Grade 12 IB student at École Secondaire Jules-Verne, and she is thrilled to be serving as the Chair of NATO at VMUN 2020. Having only delegated her first conference just a little over 2 years ago, Rhéa has grown very fond of intense debate, as well as public speaking. Additionally, she has always loved the social aspect of MUN and looks forward to meeting new people. During her spare time she enjoys watching movies, aimlessly walking around Downtown, and spending time with her friends. Rhéa wishes the best of luck to all delegates attending the conference this year, and hopes it will be a memorable and exciting experience for everyone.

Mike Zhang

Mike Zhang | Assistant Director

Currently a junior at Fraser Heights Secondary School, Mike is excited to serve as the Assistant Director of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Ever since timidly raising his placard at his first conference in Grade 10, Mike has been entrapped by the professional nature of Model United Nations. After attending numerous conferences, he has created amazing friendships, broadened his view on global issues and discovered the world of fast-paced debate and diplomacy. Outside of MUN, he can be found hitting balls on the golf course, jump-smashing on the badminton court, or scaling his businesses. Mike hopes to make VMUN 2020 a great and memorable experience filled with insightful debate for all delegates!

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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