Disarmament and International Security Committee

Dear Delegates,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the First Committee of the General Assembly: the Disarmament and International Security Committee at Harvard National Model United Nations 2018!

My name is Urshella Hishaam, and I am a sophomore at Harvard College. I am from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and living through the last few years of the civil war that raged in my country for 36 years is possibly the biggest reason I am so drawn to MUN and DISEC more specifically. I am thinking about concentrating in Chemistry and Physics. Despite my very STEM-related academic pursuits, Model UN has been an integral part of my life ever since my first time as a delegate at the Colombo Operated Model United Nations conference in 2013. Whilst not a year has gone by without me being involved in MUN since 2013, more recently, I was the Assistant Director of the Special Session on Terrorism at HMUN 2017 and the Assistant Director of DISEC at HNMUN 2017. Apart from MUN, I am also a member of the Woodbridge International Society’s Social Committee and a FIP (Freshman International Program) “parent” to a few international freshmen.

With the increase in the intensity and impact of terrorist attacks and the development of technology and, by extension, weaponry, it is important for us to re-evaluate “the necessity of military aid” and “the proliferation of weapons in East Asia.” In the first topic, delegates will explore the criteria that warrants aid from the international community, with a special focus on the sovereignty of the nations involved. In the second topic, they will need to focus on the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction within nations in the East Asian region, considering the repercussions of this issue on all member states.

I look forward to the days of intense debate and resolution drafting come February! Please feel free to reach out to me via email if you come across any questions or concerns at any point.

Urshella Hishaam
Director, Disarmament and International Security Committee
Harvard National Model United Nations 2018

Topic A: The Necessity of Military Aid

The rise in chaos in war-torn regions is constantly drawing the attention of the international community. In instances where assistance is desperately required to maximize the lives saved and minimize the destruction caused, the criteria that need to be fulfilled to justify foreign military aid are still not fully defined in the UN charter. Due to this, dire situations that can be alleviated with immediate action cannot be lawfully addressed by any member states. The different viewpoints on this convoluted issue are ever-changing in regards to the state of the nation receiving the aid, the type of aid being provided, and the repercussions of the aid provided. This committee should address whether a criterion for military aid should be established, in that case what it may be, what the type of preferred military aid may be, and the nations who should be informed and involved in the decision.

Topic B: The Proliferation of Weapons in East Asia

With the rise in the incidence of weapons tests, multiple countries seeking missile defense options, and the increase in tension in the East Asian region, many repercussions are bound to emerge. The motives behind building missile systems and the factor that drives the increased development and testing of weapons are put into question. As the situation develops, the dynamic between all member states that have ties with these East Asian nations may experience a shift. This committee should address the extent to which the ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction that exist in this region have the potential to jeopardize international security and the measures that can be taken to reduce or even eradicate the proliferation of these weapons.