Until Next Year...Peace Out, SPECPOL!

SPECPOL’s Saturday session marked the beginning of a wild adventure for this committee. With plenty of ideas about the subject "Influence of Developed Nations in the Development of Post Colonial States" SPECPOL discussed ways to deal with the fact that some developed countries pose politically and economically as a threat to the national sovereignty of others. Some proposed that countries reduce their intervention in other countries, that countries giving aid should be able to decide how the money is used, and that donor countries should teach Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries on the receiving end ways to achieve stability in their governments. In an interview, the United States stated that it was focusing on reforming guidelines for loans and aid and suggested that grants be used instead of loans since there would be no explicit expectations for money to be given in return. The resolution of the US, Spain, Israel, and Chile was passed and within its twenty clauses, it asked for the creation of a committee to guard against predatory loan and grant agreements and wished for ODA recipients to be educated so they could eventually function independently. 

On Sunday, the delegates immersed themselves in “Securing DDR Processes of UN Peacekeeping,” a topic that recognizes that while peacekeeping stabilizes conflicts all over the world, abuse and inefficiency have resulted in weaker Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration missions. The United States advocated for stricter and specific laws, including that sexual offenders be tried in the countries where they committed their crimes but be incarcerated in their own country. Resolutions that were passed suggested the screening of peacekeepers, an increase in the number of female peacekeepers, and a selection of punishments on a case-by-case basis. We are so impressed that SPECPOL has worked together in such a professional yet exciting manner, so until next year, peace out!