Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
CHAIR: Lyubo Hadjiyski
Hello! My name is Lyubomir Hadjiyski and I am a junior from Sofia, Bulgaria majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School. At Princeton, I am involved with Model UN, Business Today, and Princeton University Non-Profit Consulting. My academic interests lie in European politics and history, which I hope we can investigate together over the course of PMUNC. I look forward to meeting you all!
Send Position Papers To: TBA
TOPIC A: Conflict in ukraine
The conflict in Ukraine is the most difficult security challenge Europe has faced since the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The crisis began at the end of 2013, when Ukrainians took to the streets to protest against former president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to reject further integration with the European Union. Yanukovych fled the country in February 2014, and the following month Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula. In the same year, two other breakaway regions declared their independence from Ukraine. What has ensued has been five years on conflict in which more than 10,000 people have lost their lives and more than 1.5 million displaced from their homes. Resolving the conflict has implications not just for Ukraine and its people, but also for relations between Russia and its allies on the one hand, and the West on the other. As OSCE, your task is to come up with a viable solution in which can be accepted by both sides of the conflict.
TOPIC B: Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh
Nagorno-Karabakh is landlocked region in the Caucuses and a territory that is disputed between Armenia and Azerbaijan which is mostly populated by ethnic Armenians. The current conflict is effectively a frozen one, which began as the Soviet Union was disintegrated in 1991 and has led to the deaths of over 30,000 people. Further, thousands more have been displaced. Tensions re-erupted in 2016 and 2017, and due to the geopolitical significance of the caucuses, have the potential to entangle other actors. The OSCE has fostered dialogue and attempted to bring the conflict to an end through its specially-created Minsk Group, but no significant progress has been made. In order to bring lasting peace to the region, it is vital that the OSCE acts decisively to end the violence, reconcile the two peoples, and set the stage for institution-building.