ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS
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Topic A: Rohingya Crisis
Topic B: Transnational Crime
Lucas Weiner

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the ASEAN committee for ILMUNC! My name is Lucas Weiner, and I will be serving as your Chair.

I'm really excited for ILMUNC this year. I think that our committee will be very exciting, and I think discussing these issues will not only be a ton of fun but will also help us learn a lot about the dynamics of geopolitical realities of the Asian continent.

ASEAN is a really exciting regional committee that ILMUNC offers and I’m looking forward to leading you all throughout the weekend along with Annika, your moderator. 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.

As for myself, I am a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. I am studying Economics and Computer Science, but I also have a passion for international relations that motivates my interest in Model UN. I competed in Model UN all throughout middle school and high school, and I also compete on Penn's competitive team. I hope to use this knowledge to make the most engaging and fun committee possible! Be prepared to have a lot of fun and also learn a thing or two. I have always loved Model UN and I can’t wait to make sure you all have the same experience that I had in high school and that served me so well.

Best,

Lucas Weiner

Chair, The Association of Southeast Asian Nations
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Annika DeRoos

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC 35! My name is Annika DeRoos and I am very excited to serve as your moderator for The Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

To introduce myself, I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, looking to major in Science, Technology, and Society, focusing on Energy and the Environment, and hopefully minoring in International Development. I was born in Philadelphia but have lived in the suburbs nearly my whole life. I participated in Model UN throughout high school, and I am now involved in the International Affairs Association, as an Assistant-Director on the Community Outreach and Engagement branch. To me, the best part of Model UN was always the engaging discussions with other delegates, and for that reason, specialized committees were always my favorite! Outside of the International Affairs Association, I play on the club lacrosse team for Penn and do environmental science research. In my free time, you can probably find me eating goldfish and/or watching The Office.

Lucas and I are looking forward to meeting you all and engaging in a weekend full of passionate regional debate. Until then, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out. Looking forward to January!

Best,

Annika DeRoos

Moderator, The Association of Southeast Asian Nations
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference