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 April 17, 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.
The Mediterranean Sea has long offered NATO a strategic location for its defensive naval and air operations. However, recent developments within the region have caused the Mediterranean to experience an influx of African and Middle Eastern migrants. Such developments stem from oppressive regimes and civil wars in Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Iraq that have displaced millions of families that are now searching for refuge. With so many migrants flooding Europe, how NATO should handle the influx of migrants has become an increasingly pertinent question. In order to solve this pressing issue, delegates will need to formulate multifaceted and coherent solutions that take into account the multitude of factors present in the scenario.
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.
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