Disarmament and International Security Council (DISEC)
Chairs: Matthew Lerman & Arham Shah
Email: email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
Topic A: Mercenaries and Private Military Companies (PMCs)
Private military companies (PMCs) have been involved in almost every major modern war since the Cold War. Employed by both countries and other organizations for a plethora of reasons, their use has come with many notorious controversies, but also led to many more benefits to the groups that have used them. While the UN currently has created the Mercenary Convention, which banned the use, training, or financing of the groups, it is only signed by 43 countries (with some of the largest world powers not having ratified it). In order to properly create regulations that hold PMCs and their sponsoring countries responsible for the possibly illegal actions committed by the groups (as the nature of PMCs make it easy for countries to stay separate from them), delegates will have to understand the impact that PMC use has on their country (whether they or other countries in their region use them), as well as how the international community can mitigate the threat of harmful actions done by PMCs.
Topic B: Ethics of Drones in Warfare
Remote-controlled airplanes have been used in wars as early as World War I. As the technology of drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has advanced, the feasibility and effectiveness of its use in warfare has only grown. Not only do large countries and regional powers use UAVs as a part of their military efforts, but smaller governments and insurgent groups have begun to utilize the technology to attack enemies with no harm to their own soldiers. However, issues such as targeting errors, attacks on civilians, and the accountability of ordering drone strikes impact the ethics of using the new technology. Delegates discussing this topic will have to develop strategies and regulations about the use of drones while also considering their widespread use across the globe.
This is a double delegation committee, which means each country will be represented by two delegates from the same school. When assigning positions to this committee, we ask that you assign two delegates to every position assigned within the DISEC committee.