Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)
Chairs: Laura Zhang, Ishaan Chawla, Steve Garcia
Topic A: Regulation of Chemical Weapons
The DISEC Committee is responsible for addressing any threats to international peace and security. Chemical warfare has long been regarded as an inhumane form of attack and is currently illegal under international law however the slow destruction of existing weapons and flaws in regulation have led to problems. Delegates must create a comprehensive plan to combat the challenges set before them.
Topic B: Failed States
DISEC has an extensive history in tackling failed states on a global level. Before addressing the history of failed states and their presence in DISEC, it is necessary to gain a clear understanding of what failed states are. Failed states are often characterized as no longer being able to serve the following basic functions:
• Control of territory: government is unable to uphold the Monopoly on the Legitimate Use of Physical Force
• Governance: laws and guidelines are not effectively upheld, followed, or enforced; the state’s territory is no longer under control • Security: the military may no longer be under control of a central governing system
• Education: schooling is unavailable to the youth of the state
• Healthcare: medical support is no longer available for citizens
• Food: food is either not available or not accessible
Often such conditions can be attributed to fractious violence or extreme poverty, both internal issues, yet states have been seen to fail due to outside interference from foreign governments which may fuel ethnic warfare or rebellion leading to destabilization.