DISARMAMENT AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEE


Topic A: Treatment of War Prisoners
Topic B: Foreign Military Bases

Committee Intro

Welcome to the ILMUNC XXXIV Disarmament and International Security Committee! The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), also known as the First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations, handles threats to world peace. Since each nation-state puts sovereignty, national security and self-interest first, states have a tendency to try and maximize their power over others. What results is a perpetual imbalance in power. Whether this power be military, economic, or political, DISEC’s role is to ensure that despite this imbalance, the UN as a body continues to uphold global security and peace. As stated in Article 11 of the UN Charter, this committee seeks to “consider the general principles of cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, including the principles of governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments.” The dais would like to emphasize that DISEC cannot impose punishments on a nation-state nor dictate any member’s action. Rather, as a platform for international dialogue, the committee may make recommendations to specific nations and the international community. The discussions each nation has over the course of the weekend will set a precedent for future discussions, so delegates are encouraged to be bold in their resolutions, while adhering to their respective platforms. The dais looks favorably upon substantive and comprehensive debate that is combined with similar solutions. This background guide was written to provide you with guidance on how to structure your resolutions and highlight points of focus for your discussion. However, delegates are still expected to do their own research, especially with respect to their respective countries position on each topic. We have high expectations for this debate, and we look forward to moderating your discussions in November!

Elyas Tecle

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC 35! It is my pleasure to welcome you to a conference that I’m sure will be memorable. Whether you are a new delegate or a veteran of Model UN conferences, my colleagues and I have worked hard to make this conference everything it can be.

First, let me tell you a little about myself. I am originally from the suburbs of the city of Brotherly Love, where I lived for most of my childhood. I’ve done Model UN for the majority of high school and have continued with it through college. I’m currently a junior studying International Relations and Consumer Psychology, but I’ve always had an interest in technology and data as well. Once I came to Penn, I continued to be passionate about it and joined the International Affairs Association in the fall of my freshman year. Along with being your Chair, I have also served as the Director-General for ILMUNC 34 and a team member on Penn’s traveling debate team. Outside of being a nerd, I love playing soccer and tennis and if you’re an F.C. Barcelona fan, there’s a good chance that we’ll get along well!

DISEC is one of the most prestigious and challenging simulations ILMUNC has to offer and I am looking forward to leading you all throughout the weekend along with Elizabeth. We will be debating some of the most important political and social issues today that affect every nation in the committee. However, I am confident that you all will be able to find the best solutions possible through diplomacy and statesmanship.

Elizabeth and I, along with the ILMUNC 35 Secretariat, have been working hard to make this year’s conference the best yet. We’re looking forward to working hard in committee together, and enjoy the great events that ILMUNC has planned as well!

If you have any questions about this committee or ILMUNC as you get ready and research, please do not hesitate to ask our Under Secretary-General for General Assemblies, Laura. See you all in November!

Sincerely,

Elyas Tecle

Chair, Disarmament and International Security Committee
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Elizabeth Peartree

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to DISEC at ILMUNC 35! My name is Elizabeth Peartree, and I am excited to serve as your Chair for this incredible weekend. I will be working with my Co-Chair, Elyas Tecle, alongside the ILMUNC secretariat and stuff to provide you with a stimulating and exciting committee experience.

To introduce myself, I am a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in International Relations and French and minoring in English literature. I grew up in McLean, Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C., but my family lives in London now. I discovered my love for Model United Nations during my sophomore of high school, and over the years, I’ve had an incredibly rewarding experience both competing in and planning conferences. I am currently a team member of Intercol, Penn’s competing Model United Nations team. I have also served as an Under Secretary General of General Assemblies for ILMUNC (alongside Elyas!), and the year before that, I worked as an Assistant Secretary General for ECOSOC committees. I have chaired the Macbeth crisis committee at UPMUNC, the Medici crisis committee at ILMUNC and the DISEC General Assembly at ILMUNC China, as well as crisis directed the Ivan the Terrible committee at UPMUNC.

Outside of the International Affairs Association, I am the Managing Editor of the Penn Sustainability Review magazine, I play the trombone in the Penn Wind Ensemble, and I am a Student Fellow at the Perry World House, a global policy research center on Penn’s campus. I also conduct research on military technology. I also love to read, run (sometimes), hang out with my friends, and to explore the Philly restaurant scene.

I actually attended ILMUNC as a delegate in high school, and the incredible experience I had there was one of the reasons why I applied Early Decision to Penn, and why I joined the ILMUNC Secretariat. I hope that, as chair, I can help give you the same experience that I was lucky enough to have. Through the International Affairs Association and ILMUNC, I was able to get to know incredible people such as Elyas over the years, and I am really looking forward to co-chairing my last ILMUNC with him. If you have any questions about Penn or about college in general, please don’t hesitate to ask! We can’t wait to see how your ideas play out in committee. If you have any questions, please feel to reach out to us.

Best,

Elizabeth Peartree

Chair, Disarmament and International Security Committee
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference