North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
Topic A: Arctic Security
Topic B: Building Mechanisms to Ensure the Cohesion of NATO Member States
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded on 4 April, 1949 after many Western European democratic nations reached a consensus that they needed an alliance that would allow for them to have greater military capability and cooperation between them. This was further emphasized with the signing of the Treaty and the inclusion of Article 5, which stated that an armed attack on one member of NATO would be an attack on all members. Since then, NATO has become a prominent political and military alliance, which seeks to ensure freedom and security for all member states. The two topics that we will be discussing in this committee at this edition of GöMUN are: "Arctic Security" and "Building mechanisms to Ensure the Cohesion of NATO Member States".
With an increased resurgence of geopolitical competition in the Arctic (otherwise known as the High North) and the concerning climate change occurring in the region, it is important that NATO looks to increasing their presence within the Arctic. With Russia and China pursuing their own strategies within the High North, NATO must further develop a strategy in order to address common challenges and territorial disputes. This topic would look at how NATO would be able to pursue a stronger strategy for the Arctic region.
Building Mechanisms to Ensure the Cohesion of NATO Member States
With the rise of right-wing populism in Europe and the election of leaders within European countries whom are willing to undermine democratic values in favour of more authoritarian policies, there is a possibility that this could erode the cohesion that currently exists in the organisation. This topic would look at the mechanisms and measures that NATO could implement in order to prevent internal conflict within the organisation, especially in regards to Article 5.
I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa before immigrating to Toronto, Canada. I discovered my passion for MUN at my first conference in November 2016. Since then, I have participated in many conferences as a delegate, a chair, press director and a Secretariat Member at conferences throughout Europe. Beyond my love of MUN, I love dogs, binge watching tv shows, travelling, playing tabletop games and of course, partying. As my delegates from previous committees will tell you, my motto for my committee is: work hard and play hard – and I expects all my delegates to follow it too.
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