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 DISEC@bmun.org.
UN Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)
Head Chair | Stevie Zheng
Vice-Chairs | Elle Mahdavi, Liam Campbell, Richard Jin, Michelle McLean
Topic 1 | Proliferation of Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons
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For much of its history, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has faced tremendous regional conflict over the area’s vast natural resources. Some of these minerals that have been the driving forces for mass atrocities like rape and murder can be found in the exact device you are reading this on. As armed groups earn hundreds of millions of dollars per year by trading these natural resources, the money continues to encourage their campaign of violence against local civilians that live around the mining areas. This endless cycle of brutality in the Congo is the responsibility of DISEC to evaluate, and the committee must come up with cooperative arrangements and measures to be acted on to ensure security and peace in Central Africa
Topic 2 | Small Arms and Light Weapons
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Long gone are the days that a soldier had to wait till they were 500 yards away from their target before hitting them. Now someone in Nevada can press a button and send a drone halfway across the world to hit their target without ever having to leave the facility. Just as the advancement of technology has changed the way war is fought, the emergence of new actors, such as private military and security companies functioning in place of traditional armed forces, has altered war’s landscape. DISEC will examine how the international community should address the emerging changed norms and regulations that have arisen since the modernization and privatization of war.