Click HERE for the DISEC topic guide.
The Disarmament and International Security Committee is the first committee of the United Nations General Assembly. This committee is tasked with seeking out threats to the peace and stability of the international community, as well as the disarmament of nuclear weapons and small arms. DISEC also works alongside several other notable international organizations, including the Conference on Disarmament and the UN Disarmament Commission.
Topic A: The Weaponization of Drones
With technology rapidly advancing and warfare constantly changing, the use of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) can no longer be ignored. Their use by major world powers has caused many negative consequences, and so this issue must be addressed.
Topic B: Evaluating the Use of Foreign Military Bases
Foreign military bases have been implemented by multiple countries for a long time. However, their effects on the surrounding environment can be problematic. There are several problems that arise from their use, such as crime, escalation of political tension, and conflicts over the housing of nuclear weapons.
Topic C: Arms Control in South Sudan
Since South Sudan gained its independence in 2011, the country has experienced severe political instability and ethnic tension. These conflicts have resulted in a civil war which has displaced thousands of civilians and left thousands dead. This civil war has been exacerbated by an excess of small arms within the region, and so their proliferation must be brought under control.
Hayden Daniel, DISEC Chair
1) What are your hobbies?
Playing violin, writing topic guides, and making finger guns.
2) Why do you participate in Model UN?
I love to argue with people, and arguing with people over international topics that are relevant and interesting helps me justify why I like to argue in the first place.
3) What would your theme song be?
"Man in Black" by Johnny Cash.
4) What is your favorite quote?
“In the wild, there is no healthcare. In the wild, healthcare is, 'Ow, I hurt my leg. I can't run. A lion eats me. I'm dead.' Well, I'm not dead. I'm the lion. You're dead.” ― Dwight K. Schrute
5) What is your favorite SHSMUN memory?
At SHSMUN 2015, there were eight minutes left in committee (DISEC, obviously); I made a motion for an unmoderated dance caucus and got shot down -- because it wasn’t long enough.