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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 Proliferation of Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS)

Since the mid-1970s, Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS)--missiles that are carried by the shoulder--have had dangerous consequences for civilians across the globe, and today, there are millions of MANPADS that still remain unaccounted. Thus, the proliferation of MANPADS requires immediate international attention. 

Topic B: Growing Militarism in the Arctic Ocean 

As the most northern reaches of Earth continue to melt, nation states are given access to valuable economic resources. As a result, interests in the Arctic region have grown significantly in the past decade. With competition over these resources rising, the Arctic has seen an increased presence of military power, expanding international worries of military conflict. 

Topic C: Subterranean Warfare 

Largely utilized by terrorist organizations, subterranean warfare has recently gained a new spotlight. Could subterranean warfare become the new norm in major urban centers, where subway systems and sewages present the perfect battlefields? This question has prompted new research, discussion, and investments in underground warfare tactics and weaponry, leading world leaders to worry that the next major war might be fought underground.


Ridley Browder, DISEC Chair

1. ) Use three adjectives to describe yourself.

Dedicated, selfless, and caffeinated.

2.) What kind of food would you be? Why?

I would have to be fish and chips. It is a staple of the western diet and is amazingly delicous, especially when you find yourself lost in a small English town trying to find food, but everywhere is closed (this happened to me more than once). All jokes aside, the dish that is fish and chips reminds me of the wonderful memories I made while (or whilst) in the U.K. Besides, who doesn't love a bit of fried food?

3.) What is your Favorite SHSMUN memory?

Where do I start? From the early morning coffee runs to the late night cram sessions writing resolutions and arguing positions with my friends, I would have to choose something that happened to me in committee, or maybe, more than one committee. During SHSMUN 2018, I was the face of a meme. My friend from school had printed off a bunch of Model UN RidMemes to hand around in her committee and gave them to others to pass out in their respective committees. It got to a point where my friend, during one of the lunch periods, just started randomly passing out a bunch of memes in Panera. My face even made it to the front of the UNODC dias (which was not my committee). Everyone called me the meme guy, and several of the SHSMUN 2018 staff reached out to me with congratulations on a successful meme.

4.) What is your 2019 anthem?

"Quarter-Life Crisis" by Judah and the Lion

5.) What's your favorite quote?

"You want weapons? We're in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room's the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!"- Doctor Who (Season 2, Episode 2)