The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an intergovernmental alliance between several North American and European countries based in the North Atlantic guarantees the freedom and security of its members through political and military means
CHAIR: ANA ABUFELE
Hi! My name is Ana Sofia, a sophomore studying Operations Research and Financial Engineering. I am from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I participated in MUN throughout my four years in high school, and am excited to be chairing for this year’s PMUNC. I look forward to meeting you all this November!
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TOPIC A: War in syria
In April 2017, President Trump ordered a military strike against a Syrian airfield that initiated a chemical bombing in northern Syria, with this demonstrating the strong stance he would take against such attacks. Since 2013, over eighty chemical attacks have been conducted by the Syrian government, according to the Human Rights Watch. Recently, there was another chemical attack in Douma, a suburb outside of Syria killing many civilians. Worried about the increasing count of civilian casualties, the UN Security Council discussed how to address the issue, but failed to pass any resolutions. France, the United Kingdom and the United States responded with strikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities on the basis for humanitarian intervention, Russia and Bolivia condemning the strikes. With three of their members engaging already in military intervention in Syria, what stance will NATO take in order to address this crisis - will it support the UK, US and France in their attacks, or will they find a more peaceful approach into pressuring Russia, Iran and the Syrian government?
TOPIC B: Refugee Crisis in the Aegean Sea
In 2016, the Aegean Sea became a popular escape route for refugees on their way to Greece or Turkey, which smugglers have taken advantage of. While helping refugees travel, smugglers often provide migrants with unsafe methods of transportation or without proper safety equipment. In response to the increase in the flux of migrants, as well as the casualties in the process, in 2016 NATO sent military ships to the Aegean to help Greece and Turkey respond to the refugee crisis and deal with the refugee smugglers. However, the refugee crisis has surged again with most of the refugees coming from Syria. While NATO has taken action towards solving the problem in the past, the increasing number of refugees coming in weekly demonstrates that refugee smugglers have yet to be contained. Should NATO focus on addressing the smugglers in the region? How can NATO help decrease the amount of refugees coming in? How can NATO help Greece and Turkey aid the refugees?