DISARMAMENT AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEE

BACKGROUND GUIDE

TOPIC A: Mercenaries and Private Securty Company Use in Conflict Areas

TOPIC B: Drone Proliferation

Eric Helfgott

Dear Delegates,

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to ILMUNC 34's Disarmament and International Security Committee! I am confident that this year’s DISEC will be one filled with stimulating debate and countless memories. And, as your chair I know that committee will be as fun as it will be interesting.

I am a senior in the Jerome Fisher Management and Technology Program, a dual degree program between Wharton and the School of Engineering. Born and raised in New York City, I started participating in Model UN during my freshman year of high school and haven’t stopped since. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, doing the NY Times crossword, and watching too much Netflix. I was the Chief of Staff for last year’s ILMUNC.

DISEC is an integral committee within the United Nations. It is the backbone of security development around the world, and provides developed and developing nations alike with international guidance on issues such as disarmament and peaceful conflict resolution. I am very excited to have the privilege of chairing DISEC at this year’s ILMUNC. I hope that you come ready to debate, resolve some very interesting issues, and have fun along the way!

See you in the spring,

Eric Helfgott

Chair, Disarmament and International Security Committee
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Hannah Kanter

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to DISEC at ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Hannah Kanter, and it is my pleasure to be your moderator for a weekend that is sure to be filled with stimulating debate and lifelong memories. The secretariat and staff have been working tirelessly to make this conference the best yet. I truly hope that ILMUNC is one of the best weekends of your year.

First, let me take a moment to introduce myself: I’m a junior studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in the College. I am from Short Hills, NJ, a mere 40-minute train ride from the city that never sleeps, New York. Upon arriving at Penn, I have found a family within Penn’s International Affairs Association. I was the Under Secretary of the Economic and Social Council and Specialized Committees for UPMUNC 50, Penn’s collegiate Model United Nations Conference. When I’m not working a Model UN conference, you can find me perusing Philadelphia’s restaurant scene and playing soccer.

This year’s Disarmament and International Security Committee will debate tough, intense issues. Eric and I are excited to guide you through debate, I look forward to watching your ideas become solutions!

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to your USG Alexandra Fiol-Mahon. Let the countdown to January begin!

Best Wishes,

Hannah Kanter

Moderator, Disarmament and International Security Committee
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference