Special MUN Topic: It’s more than serious in Syria!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Current Events, MUN Debate Topics | 0 comments

Special MUN Topic:  It’s more than serious in Syria!

The situation in Syria is deteriorating more and more every day. A civil war for control of the Syrian government has continued now for 16 months with no sign of relief any time soon. With a daily death rate approximately 10 times that of the war in Afghanistan many observers feel that intervention is long overdue. Attempts have been made by the United Nations to mitigate the chaos and bloodshed present in Syria but these efforts have had little impact on the current state of the conflict. Kofi Anan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, has been sent to mediate this dispute but has garnered little success. Neither the current government nor the rebels are willing to put stock in any plan to end the war anytime soon. To complicate matters further the Russian Federation, a long time ally of Syria dating back to the Cold War, has effectively used its veto power to stop any UN sanctions that could slow the pace of the war. These acts have given President Bashar Assad, the current leader, the freedom to crush the rebellion with excessive force. Despite these handicaps, however, the tide may be turning in the rebels favor. A recent bombing of the 14-man Nation Security Council successfully killed several key members of Syrian government including relatives of Assad. This type of action would have never been possible without inside assistance from members of the government loyal to Assad. The success of this bombing will only encourage the rebels, demonstrating that the Assad government is weakening and that peace negotiations may not be necessary in the long term. Does the United Nations have an obligation to protect the Syrian people from the horrors associated with this Civil War or should they respect the national sovereignty of Syria to rule over its people and maintain its current government? How would you argue if you were representing Syria? Have you recently been in a Security Council simulation where this topic has come up? Tell us about...

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SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: US Navy Fires on Small Vessel off the Coast of Dubai…

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN | 0 comments

Not since the 1990’s film Waterworld has the high seas been so treacherous. Freedom of the seas was an issue that was hotly debated prior to World War I but recently hasn’t been an area of concern unless you happen to be a Somali Pirate (btw, Somali “Pirates” as we like to call them, are actually considered by Somalians as their only military: The Somali Coast Guard. Get educated and read about their side of the story). Garrrr! Woodrow Wilson was the first to champion the idea back when he proposed his 14 Points following the Great War. His concern stemmed from unrestricted U-boat attacks all across the Atlantic during the war. Now almost 100 years later the United Nations will be forced to revisit this issue! Just recently the United States has been criticized for attacking a small vessel off the coast of Dubai, U.A.E. that disregarded warnings to alter its course. The USNV Rappahannok, an oil transport ship, fired its .50 caliber gun at the U.A.E. ship killing one of the passengers and injuring three more as reported by the US Consulate in Abu Dhabi. Following the attack on the USS Cole, the United States has had little patience in dealing with potential terrorist threats. With the flammable nature of the USNV Rappahannok’s cargo, many experts claim that the US was justified in deterring this potential threat. Critics however question the decision of the crew especially after the recent heightening of tensions in the region with Iran’s threat to close the Straight of Hormuz. Regardless the actions of United States Navy threaten to disrupt the fragile peace which exists in the Persian Gulf currently. Was the US justified in its actions off of the coast of Dubai? How would you argue about the dangers for sending any ship through the Middle East portal that connects the East and West Hemispheres? What dangers do the economies of the modern world face if cargo traveling through the Suez canal is always at considerable risk while en route? Let us know what you think and comment...

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