A Brief Introduction to the NATO Council
What is NATO? What is the organization’s purpose and structure? What are the organization’s tasks? TEIMUN’s Secretary-General, Thomas Stavrinos, explains.
On the NATO Council’s Agenda: NATO’s Security Strategy in Asia
NATO is an international alliance with the ability to exert global influence. Yet, the alliance has long retained a focus on the European Continent and its immediate neighbourhood. However, this year’s delegates will be tasked with discussing NATO’s long-term Asia strategy.
One topic will be Nuclear Non-Proliferation in India, Pakistan, and China. The cold conflict between India and Pakistan has long been a major threat to world peace, and with NATOs history as a nuclear alliance, they have a potentially vital role to play. Equally important are maritime disputes in the South China Sea – an international standoff in which NATO members have a range of security interests. The rise of China is troubling to many in the international community, and it might be time for NATO to take a stronger position against sabre-rattling in the region.
Delegates will need to use diplomatic skills, long-term thinking, and be realistic with their goals to pass meaningful communiqués and strategy. Not all problems can be solved immediately, but with a solid long-term Asia strategy, delegates can greatly increase the resilience of NATOs global security apparatus.
Meet Your Chair:
Hi, my name is Youri Moes. I am a 24 years-old student from the Netherlands. I am doing a Masters in International Relations at Leiden University, with a specialization in conflict sesolution. Before coming back to the Netherlands, I spent 11 years living in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
I have been doing MUN for 5 years now. I spent 3 years being a delegate but for 2 years now I have chaired at many conferences around Europe. NATO is one of my favourite councils to chair, as it is a committee with advanced delegates, and a consensus decision-making apparatus.
Fun Fact: I am part of a Dungeons & Dragons group that has been meeting once a week for 4 years already.
Meet Your Chair:
Hello everyone! My name is Ali Hagras and I am a 22 year-old Greek/Egyptian, currently in my 2nd year studying International and European Law at the University of Groningen. I have a keen interest in issues of state responsibility and statehood.
I have participated in MUN conferences around the world, serving as an advocate in a model ICJ, and multiple times as a delegate in the Security Council. During the conferences I took on various roles, including delegate, ambassador and instructor. I am fluent in English, Arabic and German, and I absolutely love reading and singing.
Fun Fact: I took part in the Arab Spring demonstrations on Cairo’s Tahrir Square.