north american treaty organization (NATO)
Chairs: Michael Cai and Laura Zhang
Ukraine and the EU
There has been large controversy over whether Ukraine deserves EU membership. Recent issues with Crimea and Russia have polarized the people of Ukraine. Some citizens believe EU membership is the answer while others have sided with Russia. Delegates must determine a solution and remobilize the deadlocked Ukraine. Should NATO bring the Ukraine into the European Pact, otherwise strengthen economic and political ties with the nation, or let the nation tread away?
Militarization of the Arctic
Some countries such as Russia have been looking to establish military forces within the arctic. Delegates will debate the use of the arctic and how to deal with countries pursuing militarization. Furthermore, the arctic countries will battle it out and make their case for why they deserve their own territory in the Arctic. NATO will have to sort out issues between its own members regarding who has military rights to the Arctic, whilst simultaneously entertaining the notion that nations may need to work together to combat Russian aggression.
Transparency and Accountability
NATO is a regional body funded by its 28 member states, and it is thus NATO’s responsibility to be financially accountable to its member governments and their taxpayers. However, currently there is no annual financial report on funds acquired and expended. Moreover, many current documents are usually never released such as meeting minutes or the decisions made. Many have defended this by saying that NATO is a military pact, and that militaries need certain secrets. Others recognize this, but say that NATO must do more to be transparent. Delegates must determine whether increasing NATO’s transparency will hinder their operations or increase cooperation on an international scale.