Position Papers

Because of the tight timeline on which we expect position papers to be submitted, we have much shorter position paper guidelines for BMAL compared to BMUN. Please see below for details.


Submission Instructions

Submit to your head chair's email, which are on the committee page next to their name.

Title your email: [Position Paper] Country - Committee

Example: [Position Paper] Saudi Arabia - Council on Political Affairs

If submitting your two position papers separately by topic, please indicate that in the title as well.

Example: [Position Paper] Saudi Arabia - Council on Political Affairs Topic 1

Your document should also be titled as such for cataloging purposes.

Position Papers are due on Friday, November 23rd at 11:59PM to be considered for committee research awards. Late submissions will not be considered, and submissions will be graded on a rolling basis.

Position Paper Guidelines

Position Papers are optional at BMAL and do not need to be submitted to be considered for awards other than the committee research award.

One position paper should be submitted per delegation for each topic on the committee agenda. On each submission delegates should use only their committee, country, and topic for identification purposes. Personal and school names are not allowed for the purposes of blind grading.

Please submit your paper in standard MLA format in a 12-point, double spaced standard font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Garamond.

For BMAL, there are three required sections in the position paper (Note that unlike for BMUN conference, we will not have a section for Questions to Consider). Delegates have to identify each section they are working on clearly, and any prompts or questions they are responding to, where relevant.

The THREE sections are:

Past and Current International Action (25%)

In this section, you should detail all past and current international action on your topic. Cite UN and Arab League resolutions that pertain to your topic and address the successes and failures of these policies. This should be 2-3 paragraphs in length.

Country’s Position (30%)

This section should point towards your country's specific policy on the issue. You should present an argument about the topic, justifying your position with past policies enacted internationally and domestically with your country. You may cite your country's voting record in the UN, current domestic policies, and any treaties to which it is privy. This should also be 2-3 paragraphs in length.

Proposed Solutions (35%)

Here, you should present some proposed solutions for your topic. This sections is a space for you to explore innovative solutions that have yet not been considered or cite models in countries that you may wish to replicate internationally. This section should be 3-4 paragraphs in length.

In addition, the chair’s discretion on overall quality will encompass 10% of the criteria.

This will account for proper formatting, citations, and overall structure of the writing.