Letter from the Chair
My name is Nini Dang and I’m super excited to be your chair for this year’s committee. I am currently a freshman attending the University of Houston double majoring in Political Science and Integrated Communications! I’ve been doing Model UN since my freshman year and I’ve loved it ever since. HAMUN has been one of my favorite experiences so I hope I can make it as great as I can for all of you. I commend you for working so hard especially knowing how hard this year has been for everyone. I am super excited to see all of you engage with each other and figuring out solutions for the many issues in our committee this year. Be confident and be yourself and bring your best selves! Speak up and talk to people that are maybe out of your comfort zone, use this conference to meet new friends or find a new passion! If you need anything or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! I’d love to help. See you soon!
Stay safe and be happy,
Nini Dang; Specpol Chair
Issues of global surveillance and telecommunications
With the rise of our digital age, issues of surveillance and those associated with telecommunications have become abundantly clear. Oftentimes, surveillance is used across borders for spying and policing purposes. This is interpreted as a large breach of privacy in many nations. We must have an understanding of which technologies countries use in these processes and effective methods to combat the data protection issues that accompany surveillance. Some key players that we have all likely heard of in the United States are China and Russia, but what other countries are playing a role in this? Consider the advantages and disadvantages of global surveillance to both the countries being monitored and the ones doing the monitoring.
Addressing asylum status and displacement in Syria and Iraq
Tensions and unrest have been taking their toll on Syria and Iraq for quite a while now and have led to the development of ISIS over time. It began with a protest against the oppressive regime of Bashar- Al- Assad in Syria. Overtime, extremists that identify as ISIS and Al-Qaeda came in to join the fight. The Kurdish nation also begins to fight for their independence around this time. Other countries such as Iran and the Gulf States also involve themselves into the conflict and divide the Middle East further into Sunni and Shia factions. The United States then involves itself against Assad, while the Russian government advocates for him. ISIS formes throughout Iraq and is working to fight against Assad. Several alliances form and Turkey’s involvement also comes to the forefront. As you can see, there are many players in the war between Syria and Iraq. Knowledge of them will be necessary for your discussions and proposed solutions. You should research them all, along with their past and current involvement status. Once we have this background information, we will go into addressing the asylum status in both Syria and Iraq. Asylum is a political refuge for individuals that have left their countries.
- Issues of global surveillance and telecommunications
- Addressing asylum status and displacement in Syria and Iraq