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UN Security Council (SC)
Head Chair | Michael Pollack
Vice-Chair | Jake Moskowitz, Marine Fujisawa
Topic 1 | The Northern Triangle
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Nestled into the isthmus of Central America, the “Northern Triangle” of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras has faced a long history of violence and unease. On a landscape already abundant with intensely bio diverse jungles, sinkholes, and highly volatile active volcanoes, the political and social strife of this region continues to solidify itself as the most pressing concern of its inhabitants. Following a series of civil wars in the region that began in the late 1960’s and lasted until the mid-1990’s, the region has remained highly unstable. Today, El Salvador and Honduras have the highest murder rates per capita in the world for any country not at war, while Guatemala follows not too far behind. Though there are many contributing factors to these statistics, the most influential by far is the intense gang violence occurring in the region, namely between the two immense international gangs Mara Salvatrucha (AKA MS-13) and the 18th Street Gang (AKA Barrio 18). Ever since their arrival in the Northern Triangle, both gangs have caused crime and violence to skyrocket as they take advantage of the region’s political and social instability to further their own international influence. Because of this gang activity, the Northern Triangle faces chaos and mass emigration as Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Hondurans seek to save themselves and their families.
Topic 2 | Open Agenda
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Our second topic for this Security Council committee will be Open Agenda. What this means is that instead of having a previously defined topic going into our conference, we will vote on what international issue we would like to debate based on topic nominations brought forth by any willing delegates at the beginning of our Open Agenda session. In this synopsis, I will include brief overviews of five suggested topics for this committee: The Syrian Civil War, Nuclear DPRK, the South China Sea, the DR Congo, and the Yemeni Civil War. What we end up actually debating in committee, however, is entirely up to you. We could debate Israel-Palestine or the Conflict in Kashmir. We could even debate the ethics of United Nations Peacekeepers, as long as our topic is ultimately relevant to matters of international peace and security.