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 are mandatory and must be submitted by January 28th, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Terrorism is defined as any act intended to inflict harm, often with the purpose of compelling certain entities to do or refrain from doing certain acts. As such, domestic terrorism refers to any act of terrorism committed in the perpetrator’s country of origin, targeting their fellow citizens. The repercussions of terrorist attacks are often detrimental, including the destruction of lives and property, and indirect consequences on the economy by means of market insecurity, loss of tourism, and increased insurance claims. Today’s threat encompasses a broad variety of terrorist entities, motivated by a plethora of extreme religious, ethnic, nationalist, political, and environmental ideologies, and simplified by easy access to weaponry, efficient funding, and the ever-evolving capabilities of the internet.
Since its departure from the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine has become one of the Alliance’s most important relationships. In 2014, Russia’s annexation of Crimea triggered major international condemnation against Russia, and in turn, massive waves of support from NATO towards Ukrainian independence and territorial sovereignty. Since then, as a partner state, Ukraine has consistently cooperated with the Alliance on both national and international security matters and continues to receive valuable support from NATO. Even so, within the past decade, Ukraine has been subject to numerous instances of Russian military aggression, all of which have drawn the attention of the Alliance and emphasized the need for NATO to properly establish its relationship with Ukraine.
Leia Tsao | Director
Leia is currently a Grade 10 student attending Crofton House School and is ecstatic to be serving as the Director of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at VMUN 2022. 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 in Grade 8, she has grown to admire the invigorating debate and diplomacy embedded 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 2022.
Sophia Chong | Chair
As a Grade 12 student at Crofton House School, Sophia is more than delighted to serve as the Chair for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at VMUN 2022. Entering her final year of Model UN, Sophia recalls attending her first conference as an apprehensive eighth-grade student and becoming captivated by the fast-paced debate and international discussion. She hopes to provide an invigorating experience for both beginner and experienced delegates at this iteration of VMUN. Outside of Model UN and school, Sophia enjoys editing videos, watching and analyzing films, biking, lighting a candle to accompany a good book, and creating oddly specific Spotify playlists. She looks forward to meeting everyone at VMUN 2022!
Michelle Pan | Assistant Director
Entering her Grade 12 year at Crofton House School, Michelle Pan is honoured to be serving as the Assistant Director of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at VMUN 2022. As she enters her final year of Model UN, she wholeheartedly looks forward to working alongside the entire staff team, creating an unforgettable conference, and getting to know each and every individual delegate. In her free time, you can find Michelle attending concerts with her best friend, playing basketball, watching Netflix, and shopping online. She is confident that through her collaboration with the rest of the staff team, VMUN 2022 will enable an environment for rigorous debate and collaboration among delegates, creating a unique and fruitful experience for all.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.