Position Papers are due on February 5th to be considered for the Best Position Paper Award, and February 12th to be considered for any committee award. Submit them to ASEAN@bmun.org. 

Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum (ASEAN)

Head Chair | Jessica Zhao

Vice-Chairs | Sita McGuire


Topic 1 | Controlling the Black Market Trade of Civil War Antiques

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Controlling the trafficking of cultural artifacts and precious antiques in the wake of civil wars has long been a challenge to law enforcement officers domestically and internationally. The maintenance of heritage property within its original borders is crucial to the preservation of national heritage and history. Far too often, when cultural antiquities are carried across borders, they originate from developing nations trapped in conflict and land in museums in developed, often Western nations for display and admiration. With this topic, we’ll examine the role of police in controlling the movement of cultural property within and between countries, the impact of Western demand for foreign antiquities, and how this conflict has evolved in the modern age. What happens if you find a Cambodian ritual mask for sale on eBay? How does the company become both complicit and liable in the sale of this artefact? We’ll tackle these questions and more in the first topic.

Topic 2 | Protection of Journalists in Conflict Zones

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The protection of working journalists in conflict zones has always been a focus of international policing efforts and legislative conferences since the First World War. Special designations have been awarded to specific types of journalists, but with the changing face of both wars and the press corps, new questions and challenges arise. Who deserves what designations? How do we extend protections to those writing informally without exhausting our resources? In the second topic, we'll examine the current structures protecting journalists and their application in modern conflict. Further, we'll look at how different structures of warfare and the regulations governing them impact the journalists that attempt to cover them. We look forward to hearing and examining your proposals on the second topic.