Advanced Committees

Historic National Security Council 2001
The National Security Council is composed of senior cabinet officials and the president to decide and act on matters of national security and foreign policy.  The President chairs the committee and it serves as the President’s body to coordinate various security government agencies. This historic committee will simulate the National Security Council, as it existed in 2001 to deal with the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center and decide on policy and action towards Afghanistan as a result of the attack. Students will be able to recreate history and make decisions that could alter the United States’ involvement in the world for generations to come.

Historic Senate Foreign Relations Committee 1919
The Senate Foreign Relations committee handles all legislation that is associated with international affairs, and examining U.S. foreign policy. This committee will simulate the Senate Foreign Relations committee in 1919.  Shortly after the end of World War I, President Wilson hand delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate requesting that the Senate ratify it. It was then referred the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Students in this committee will have to adopt the position of particular senators in order to review the Treaty of Versailles, hold hearings, and ultimately come to the conclusion of whether or not the United States will ratify the treaty and join the League of Nations.

International Press Corps
The international press corps represents a wide variety of international news and media outlets across the world that will be reporting on how the United States is legislating domestic issues that have an international impact. Students in this committee will be responsible for representing the perspective and foreign interests of their international media outlet as they report on the workings of the United States congress in relation to issues somehow affect their country and region. In this committee that overtly blends the domestic and the international, students will attempt to highlight international perspectives on domestic policy in order to understand how these perceptions affect international relations, social, political and economic issues across the globe.

Senate Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics
This Foreign Relations Senate Subcommittee is specifically designed to work on legislation pertaining specifically the Western Hemisphere, global narcotics and the Peace Corps. Students in this subcommittee will have the opportunity to deeply deal with the issue of the War on Drugs, which is a United States initiative that affects citizens in the United States as well as people across the hemisphere.

Reevaluating the War on Drugs
The War on Drugs is a United States initiative with a mission to decrease drug consumption in the United States and across the world. One of its main approaches is to attack drugs at the source and in transit. This affects countries such as Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and all of Central America and Mexico.  Students in this committee will be looking at the details and social, economic, and political affects across the hemisphere as a result of U.S. initiatives and reevaluate its efficiency and strategies.

United States Department of State
The United States Department of State serves as the executive branch of the government that engages the international community through diplomatic efforts in order to build and sustain international relations. With its emphasis on securing a more peaceful and well-governed world, the State Department faces daily challenges in responding to international events in ways that ultimately benefit the American people and responsibly try to solve global problems. In committee, students will be faced with responding to Sudan’s political environment in light of the referendum for the south’s succession.  They will be advising and aiding the Secretary of State in her trip to the region designed to represent U.S. interests in Sudan’s politics.

The United States has labeled Sudan as a state sponsor of terror. Omar Al-Bashir’s Sudanese government has faced several challenges including an indictment from the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity in relation to genocide in Darfur, securing Sudanese oil interests, and more recently dealing with the country’s southern region’s potential succession. As the country approaches its January referendum for succession, this topic will explore the results of the referendum and develop the United State’s official response to its aftermath and implications.

United States Department of the Treasury
The United States Department of the Treasury is responsible for promoting economic prosperity in the United States and ensuring financial security. It is largely involved in governing financial institutions, and cooperating with foreign governments to ensure global economic stability and growth. In addition the Treasury plays a role in national security by implementing economic sanctions against perceived threats, and safeguarding the United State’s financial systems.

Securing the Transatlantic Economy
The transatlantic economy refers to the economic relationship between the United States and Europe, particularly the European Union. It currently constitutes the world’s largest, and arguably most significant, economic partnership. Although the transatlantic economy remains the foundation of the global economy, the recent economic crisis has had far-reaching implications on both the U.S. and EU. This topic within the Department of the Treasury will attempt to improve these economic conditions by cooperating with Europe in order to create a more sustainable and reliable economic partnership.

Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
In the context of the United States’ role in the War on Terror, the United States faces an increasing responsibility to secure its financial institutions and systems. This topic will explore the role of financial intelligence units (FIUs) in securing against money laundering, identity theft, cyber terrorism, and transmitting disclosures on suspicious transactions as important components of counter-terrorism efforts. Students will be faced with securing financial intelligence and combating transnational financial crime.

United States Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court is the highest federal court whose main function is to pass decisions on constitutional issues. As detailed in the United States Constitution, it serves to mediate cases between states, and question the constitutionality of federal and state legislation. The U.S. Supreme Court has played an important role throughout United States history. Its cases have often changed political and social attitudes and serves to ground the country to its founding principles of justice, freedom, and equality. With its nine permanent members, students in the Supreme Court will represent justices and pass down judicial decisions within the realm of constitutional law that can impact U.S. legislation and global issues.

Martinez v. The State of Arizona
Martinez v. the State of Arizona deals with an undocumented immigrant arrested by police in accordance with the new immigration law passed in Arizona. Martinez was in the United States illegally and failed to produce the proper documentation when approached by the police. The court will be discussing key constitutional issues like what constitutes a reasonable suspicion that someone is not a citizen, burden of proof on suspect, unreasonable search and seizure,
warrantless searches, and the exclusionary rule.

Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
Salim Ahmed Hamdan of Afghan citizenship, the Bin Laden’s former chauffeur, was captured by Afghani forces and imprisoned by the U.S. military in Guantanamo Bay. He filed a writ of habeas corpus in federal courts to challenge his detention. A military tribunal designated Hamdan as an enemy combatant. This case questions the legality of the use of military tribunal in this case, and explores the rights protected by the Geneva Convention in federal court through the habeas corpus petition.

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