North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
Topic A: Russian Violations of the INF-Treaty and a Possible New Nuclear Armament
Topic B: Control, Disarmament and Non-proliferation of Chemical, Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is a military alliance founded in 1949 between 12 European and North American states as a counterpoint to the Soviet Union and its allies the later Warsaw Pact. Its purpose, as explained by NATO’s first Secretary General, was to "To keep the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down.” With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the integration of many former Soviet States into the alliance, as well as an open dialogue with the Russian Federation, the NATO lacked a common task, and lost importance for the security of the member states.
Controversial military operations (e.g. in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya) damaged the NATO’s reputation in many western societies. More recently, the escalating nuclear conflict with North Korea, as well as the growing tensions with Russia following the annexation of Crimea, challenge the Organization’s authority in international conflicts. This has also led to a call from the NATO’s top contributor, the United States of America, for all its member states increase their military spending. All of these changes force the NATO to adapt and evolve to fit the necessities of today’s international politics.
My name is Lukas Hofmann and I have the honour to be the chair of NATO at this year’s GöMUN. I am 20 years old and study Economics at the University of Hamburg in my fifth semester now. I am captured in this parallel universe called MUN for five years now and my fascination has not decreased since then. When I am not studying or doing MUN-things, I spend my time reading or cooking for me and my friends.
I look forward to four days of intense and controversial debate. See you in June!
My name is Enrique Samperio. I was born and raised in Mexico City, where I attended the Humboldt school which allowed me to come to Germany for my studies. I am currently doing my bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering in Karlsruhe.
I got involved in MUN about 7 years ago, mainly to improve my speech and overcome stage fright. But my interest in dialogue and diplomacy has increased ever since. I believe a MUN is much more than just a “model”. The problems, the relationships, the arguments and resolutions are all real, the experience we gather is highly relevant in many parts of our life, and with it we can steer towards a better future for ourselves and our communities.
I am very honoured to be part of GöMUN 2018 as a chair of NATO!