SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: The “Emerging” Economies!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Blog, Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, MUN, MUN Debate Topics | 101 comments

This article discusses the growth of Columbia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey, and South Africa. These countries are typically in the “mid-range” of influence within their respective blocs, but the amount of financial influence they yield is only increasing. The regional positions of these economies provide more geopolitical and geomilitary power to their delegates in committee, especially because some of these countries provide resources that the P5 are deeply dependent upon, e.g. Egypt controls the Suez, Turkey is the gateway of most oil pipelines between the Middle East and Europe, Indonesia is currently China’s #1 target for oil and coal, and South Africa controls huge mines of gold, silver, and platinum. Have you used one ore more of these countries to your advantage or can you position yourself in an upcoming ECOSOC committee to use the strategic position of one of these countries to steer debate? Tell us about it and comment...

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SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: Gun Control in the US…. Where’s the control?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Blog, Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, MUN Debate Topics | 510 comments

Although information surrounding the recent events in Aurora, Colorado is still unfolding it is easy to see that there will be a strong reaction to the shooting at the premier of the summer blockbuster Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Colorado, a community that is already no stranger to gun violence, will be forced to reexamine existing laws dealing with the sale, possession, and distribution of firarms in the state. Motives for the shootings may never be truly understood, but there will be no shortage of explanations over the upcoming days. Whether you believe this is an isolated incident, mental illness, lax gun control laws, or violence in movies, both the state of Colorado and the government as a whole will be forced to evaluate the existing system of gun control in the United States…. Is it too early to debate gun control here? Mayor Bloomberg recently said that “police across the country should threaten to strike until the government protects its members!” Do you think he has a legitimate argument? The UN Security Council is trying to pass a resolution to limit the sale of arms, guns, and ammunition to “dangerous” countries. Does this shooting have any influence on how you’d argue these measures in a Security Council simulation? What are your thoughts? Comment...

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