Advanced Committees

Historic Decolonization Committee of 1960
Director: Allison Bittner |

Topic A: Transition to Statehood
The Historic Decolonization Committee of 1960 will assemble to establish a UN mandate for the transition of colonies to statehood during a period of instability in Africa. Delegates will have to cooperate in determining a universal code for decolonization that takes self-determination into account and questions the legitimacy of foreign interests in the emerging “Third World.

Topic B: Algerian War
Delegates will then have to apply their provisions to Algeria, where a massive war for independence has called French legitimacy to question, left thousands of civilians dead or displaced, and revealed new methods of warfare that threaten the future of the region. Under the pressure of time, the committee will have to take steps in determining the course of action.

Director: Joe Chen |

Topic: Summit in Cannes, 2011
After the week of its actual congregation, the G-20 at RUMUN 2011 will examine topics of major contention that surround the Summit in Cannes; these range from the role of international financial institutions to the austerity measures that spurred riots in Europe. Representing Finance Ministers, delegates will have to prioritize economic issues outlined in the brief and debate highly contentious topics that continue to hinder post-recession recovery.

Historic Security Council 1994
Director: Rohini Bhaumik |

Topic A: Nationalism & Ethnic Conflict
The Historic Security Council will convene to establish a code of action for the Council during times of ethnic conflict. Throughout the course of the twentieth century, nationalism has seemingly been at the center of numerous international conflicts. Delegates will have to decide when direct involvement by the Council is appropriate and what resolutions are necessary to peacemaking in ethnically heterogeneous post-conflict regions.

Topic B: War in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Delegates will apply their observations during the first topic towards formulating Council resolutions for the termination of the War in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Initially a territorial dispute, the Bosnian War soon became the backdrop of ethnic cleansing, mass rape, and the destruction of peace zones. The Council must cooperate with entities like NATO in stopping nationalist militant groups and ending the most devastating European conflict since World War II.

Security Council
Director: Trisha Jhunjunwala |

Topic A: Revolutionary Movements and Foreign Intervention
The past year has shown the international community that revolutionary movements are not reserved to history. Challenging traditional notions of authority, uprisings throughout the developing world have shown that sovereignty perhaps indeed lies in the people. The Security Council must convene to establish a code of action for such movements and decide when, if at all, foreign intervention is appropriate.

Topic B: Political Unrest in the Arab World
Political unrest in North Africa continues to destabilize the Arab World, highlighting the crisis of authority that has plagued the region of rages. What started as a minimal protest in Morocco has become a wave of revolutions for legitimate representation and state-building measures. Applying the first topic, delegates must react to ongoing crises in this region to help spur effective post-conflict resolution.

Director: Drew Woods |

Topic: The “Olympic Effect— Socioeconomic Sustainability
Next to the splendor of international sporting events lies the “Olympic Effect,�� a slump in host countries’ economic activity that is accompanied by unemployment, social unrest, and debt. The International Olympic Committee will have to determine how to promote socioeconomic sustainability leading up to events and evaluate the nature of hosting rights, taking into account the next decade of the Olympics.

Director: Jennifer Arantes |�

Topic A: Organized Crime
Organized crime has become a major concern in South America, where criminal networks function largely outside of state control. Urban warfare in South American cities like Rio de Janeiro is often accompanied by high crime rates and diverts funds toward policing, away from social initiatives. Due to the globalized nature of these criminal networks, organized crime in the region has the potential to rapidly spread without policy intervention.

Topic B: Urban Migration
As South America becomes a global hut for investment, cities are quickly industrializing. With the incentive of more economic opportunities, rural inhabitants are turning toward cities. However, such migration patterns are leaving rural areas largely underdeveloped and urban areas heavily crowded, placing a strain on available resources.

Non-Governmental Organizations
Director: Stuart Carroll |

In an era of rapid globalization, NGOs play a large role in disseminating information and helping some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. At RUMUN 2011, NGOs will bring into question the supposed anarchic nature of the international system, highlighting the crisis of authority through a variety of entities. From relief organizations to multinational corporations, NGOs will demonstrate the range of interests involved in contemporary issues.

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