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 Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: Enlargement of NATO (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Securing the Nordic-Baltic Region (Click to show summary)

Anson Yu | Director

Anson is a rising junior in the IB program at R.E. Mountain Secondary School and is ecstatic to serve as the Director of NATO. Throughout her years of MUN, she continues to be thoroughly impressed by the passion, enthusiasm, and intelligence of the individuals around her. Anson is thrilled for this opportunity and sincerely hopes to create an unforgettable weekend for everyone. Outside of MUN, Anson can be found throwing a disc, overspending on frozen desserts, and playing guitar. In the rare cases that she is productive, she enjoys debating, participating in film festivals, and volunteering in her community. Anson is honored to be serving as the Director of NATO and hopes to see fruitful debate full of collaboration at VMUN 2019.

Eli Lee | Chair

Currently a senior at Fraser Heights Secondary, Eli is excited to be a part of this year’s Vancouver Model United Nations. A little over 3 years ago, Eli first walked into the world of MUN and has fallen in love with the competitive and heated atmosphere ever since. Outside of Model United Nations, Eli likes to watch YouTube videos, browse the internet for the most wholesome memes, and play video games. Now in his last year in high school, he hopes delegates will have just as much fun as he will at VMUN 2019!

Helen Yang | Assistant Director

Helen is a grade 11 student at Southpointe Academy and is delighted to be serving as the Assistant Director of NATO at VMUN 2019. Her passion and interest for Model UN and debate first began 2 years ago when she discovered just how much she enjoys proving people wrong. Since then, MUN has not only furthered Helen’s understanding in the field of international relations, politics, and diplomacy, it has also enabled her to find her own voice. Outside of MUN, Helen can be found at her local McDonald’s binging on burgers, taking naps, or watching K-dramas. All in all, Helen is beyond excited to make incredible memories and she hopes that the delegates will have a great time at VMUN 2019.

You can contact the Director at any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.