The North Atlantic Council at TEIMUN 2019

Council Information

The North Atlantic Council (NAC) is the highest and most important political governing body of NATO, the world’s foremost political-military alliance. The NAC meets frequently at various levels, from the Permanent Representatives to the Heads of States of all 29 member states. Together, they decide on the major questions of security requiring collective action and issue joint communiqués to the public.

The NAC is thus effectively steering the most powerful military alliance in the world. Its unanimous decision-making process requires representatives to extensively negotiate with all 28 partners and arrive at a common accord. Delegates will come to a joint communiqué rather than a resolution, which illustrates the broad collective position of the member states on a particular issue, in preparation for more in depth technical arrangements.

Topic 1: Revisiting the War on Terror: Balancing Verdicts and Looking Beyond

More than a decade ago, the attack on the WTC in New York shook the world. To say that in its aftermath a lot has happened would be an understatement. Under the guiding principles of the war on terror, the international community undertook action to ensure the prevention of any other terrorist actions. New technology is quickly enabling more diverse and rapid addresses to violence and various counter terrorism operations and structural rebuilding programmes have been initiated so far, but they have not eradicated terrorism globally.

Nonetheless, we shouldn’t forget that terrorism has been a method of projecting power since ancient times. Terror is a concept which has existed since before the French revolution, but it has not always caught the attention of the public eye to the extent that it has today. Should organizations, such as NATO, just have waited out mass fear and hysteria or have very real results been established through it’s active responses with justified goals?  What went wrong, what went well and what can we learn? What new path should NATO undertake on the basis of these lessons learned, also incorporating the challenges of the future? At the onset of NATO’s 70th anniversary, it is time for delegates to critically reflect on the past and forge NATO’s approach to terrorism into the future, drafting ambitious, long-term structural reform proposals.

Topic 2: NATO Police: A Panacea to International Crimes

The problem of enforcement of international law is one of the most discussed among the global community. The pre-eminence of sovereignty means that the main and only obligation within the international legal order is the pacta sunt servanda principle that orders states to perform their obligations in good faith. However, there is no way to make a state ratify a particular treaty after signing it or to force a direct enforcement of it on the state in case of non – compliance. NATO is an international organisation operating under the rules and principles of International law. Therefore the problem of enforcement touches it as well. NATO, like any other international organisation, does not maintain an official executive organ that can enforce its orders and regulations directly on the states.

In discussing the concept of a NATO police, delegates will face the most controversial problem of state sovereignty and its implications on NATO and its policies. They will try to find a balanced approach between the legitimate interests of states and of the international community, as well as the promises of efficient and across-the board implementation of policies in a period of increased strategic competition from Russia and China. Enhancement of the enforcement powers of NATO by several means will be at the heart of the debate. As a consequence of this discussion, delegates should find a way to improve compliance with NATO policies by states by considering ambitious, structural long-term solutions.

The Chairs

Jochem Lammersma

Jochem is a 22 years old pre-master student in International Relations at the University of Groningen. He recently finished his Bachelor in History at that same university (aka: Game of Thrones in real life), where he also became familiar with TEIMUN. Jochem participated in the NAC of TEIMUN 2017 and last year he was part of the organizing Board of Directors as Vice-Chairman. Besides all this serious stuff, Jochem enjoys cracking up from his own horrible jokes, pretending to speak (non-sensical) French and believes the occasional consumption of pizza is a human right. This TEIMUN veteran looks forward to seeing friends made from last year's conferences again and to meet the many new people coming to TEIMUN 2019. Feel free to approach Jochem during the session breaks or socials as he would love to meet many of the delegates.

Kyrill Ryabtsev

Kyrill is a Russian second-year student of LLB International And European Law in the University of Groningen. For his whole life, Kyrill has always been interested in international relations. international relations, politics and law and that is exactly what brought him to the University of Groningen. At home he was always taking part in political events in his school and moreover often helped to organise conferences for trade firms. Kyrill describes himself as a person who is in love with dogs and delicious food. If you want to become friends with him, just compliment his dog or invite him to a nice restaurant, everything else just go with the flow. His MUN experience started last year and now Kyrill is an experienced MUNer, who is always ready to share his MUN stories with others. This year in TEIMUN he is going to be chairing the North Atlantic Council and hopes to make your TEIMUN experience truly unforgettable.

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