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 January 22nd, 2021, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Despite the fall of Communism, Russia continues to be an imminent threat to NATO’s security in Eastern Europe. The autonomy of Balkan states is greatly threatened by Russia’s use of propaganda, militaristic expansion, and brutal repression. In 2014, Russia’s annexation of Crimea drew international attention and diluted NATO’s role in peacekeeping. Since then, Russia has not halted its advancements in Eastern Ukraine, resulting in the bloodiest battles Eastern Europe has seen since the 1990s. To further complicate things, Russia’s iron grip on European oil exports deters many in Europe from taking aggressive actions against Russia. This lack of action from NATO begs the existential question of whether or not the alliance is ready in the case of Russian aggression. In developing a solution, delegates will have to carefully analyze Russia’s leverage in Europe and ensure that their solution guarantees peace will be restored in Eastern Europe.
NATO’s historical mandate has long been about providing collective defence and foreign stability to countries in Europe and North America. However, as more and more countries begin to rapidly proliferate chemical and nuclear weapons, NATO is forced to reconsider its historical mandate. With so many countries developing a variety of threatening weapons, NATO taking on a larger role in guiding policy on weapons use becomes extremely pertinent. As a result, this topic will provide an introspective look at NATO’s arms control policies and institutions, which will inevitably affect those both inside and outside the alliance. In order to create effective policies, delegates will have to formulate coherent and detailed solutions that take into account the multitude of components that this topic presents.
David Deng | Director
David is a grade 11 student at St. George’s School and is delighted to be serving as the Director of NATO. He is in his third year of a life-changing MUN journey, hoping VMUN 2021 will add to his list of unforgettable MUN experiences. In his high school career, politics has acted as a bridge between friends and an academic experience, allowing him to spend time with those he cares about while quenching his thirst for debate and diplomacy. Outside of the committee room, David tends to enjoy hitting bombs on the links, going on sunset bike rides with the “boys”, and discussing the current global financial condition with his friends. David is looking forward to meeting all the delegates at VMUN 2021!
Naiomi Chin | Chair
Naiomi Chin is currently a senior at Richmond Christian Secondary and is beyond ecstatic to serve as the Chair of NATO at VMUN 2021. Upon participating in her first Model UN conference a little over a year ago, Naiomi has developed a greater love and appreciation for current events, foreign affairs, and diplomacy and plans to reflect this passion and enthusiasm in her role as chair. In the case that she is not debating eccentric policies in various Vancouver venues, Naiomi enjoys curating playlists in local cafés, sampling unfamiliar desserts, and critiquing movies. She also enjoys exploring the city with her friends. Experts and novices alike, Naiomi welcomes everyone to NATO and hopes delegates will leave with experiences to last a lifetime.
Leia Tsao | Assistant Director
Leia is currently a grade 9 student attending Crofton House School and is ecstatic to be serving as the Assistant director of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at VMUN 2021. Not too long ago, Leia embarked on her MUN career with an indifferent mindset towards the majority of international relations. However, since attending her first committee session this previous year, she has grown to admire the invigorating debate and diplomacy imbedded within each and every MUN conference. In her spare time, Leia can be found studying the anatomy of “anime faces,” listening to kpop idols ‘Seventeen,’ and binge watching alarming amounts of mukbangs on an empty stomach. Leia looks forward to a weekend packed with wonderful memories and wishes delegates all the best in their preparation for VMUN 2021.
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