By Simon Pompé
As part of this weekend’s EuroMUN, one committee will shine especially. 29 delegates, one for each member state, will model a summit of the North Atlantic Council; the major decision-making forum of NATO.
Over the course of the conference, the delegates will attempt to find diplomatic solutions to the major security and defense issues the organization faces today. However, given the nature of the military alliance, responses to and enaction of armed solutions are on the table as well. This will prove to be exciting given the sensitive dilemmas the international community currently faces.
One of these is the security situation in the Arctic region. All around the North Pole, climate change bears ugly consequences; melting ice results in thinning of previously stable stretches of territory and openings of formerly frozen passages. This raises new concerns regarding trade and resources, but also security. With Russia, China, the West and especially the US having significant interests in the region, the committee will be pressed to find sensible and tactful solutions.
The other major topic of concern is North Korea. The state’s demeanor poses a multi-dimensional threat to stability. Firstly, the Communist regime has developed devastating cyberwarfare capabilities; remember the WannaCry virus? Secondly, the infamous engineering of nuclear capabilities has NATO restless. EuroMUN’s NATO delegation faces the daunting challenge of accommodating, pressuring and convincing not only the regime but also all significant players in the region.
The NATO committee is one of EuroMUN’s advanced models. Given the complexity of their material, it will be interesting to see the solutions the delegates can come up with. One feature of the North Atlantic Council is that decisions are only taken unanimously. Therefore, serious are constructive negotiations will become necessary. In the end, the committee will have to agree on one communiqué detailing its negotiation results.
NATO is one of EuroMUN’s major sponsors and as such observes and values the performance of this year’s delegation. Follow our updates on the Website over the next weekend to keep up with the NATO committees results for EuroMUN!