Special Political and Decolonization Committee
The Special Political and Decolonization Committee is the committee of the United Nations that deals with a variety of issues including but not limited to decolonization, peacekeeping, human rights, outer space, and atomic radiation.
chairs: Nick Jain & alex Kaplan
Welcome to SPECPOL! We are thrilled to discuss some of the world’s most pressing topics with you all. As Co-Chairs, we hope to make committee run smoothly and efficiently, while fleshing out serious debate. During the course of committee, we hope you are able to navigate these topics with thoughtfulness and respect, with an eye towards the real solutions that can improve peoples’ livelihoods.
We are both juniors at Princeton University. As you may find in our bios, our interests range from financial derivatives products to developing countries’ distressed debt markets. In fact, Nick spent several weeks studying MMRs in the eastern seaboard. However, we are firmly committed to the principle that the most effective way to litigate international disputes, outside of market forces, is through diplomatic intercourse. As former delegates ourselves, we look forward to the opportunity to facilitate such dialogue in a formal but low-stakes setting.
The two topics we have picked for this committee session are intractable, lethal, and incredibly pressing. We hope that you will undergo a rigorous research process to speak eloquently and substantively on both, and that the solutions we arrive at as a committee are collaboratively outlined.
In the mission of Princeton University, both Nick and Alex have a deep passion for global change – one of the many reasons we study economics. Global issues are personal issues, and vice versa, and we must keep this in mind throughout the course of our committee session. We hope that your position papers, speeches, and resolutions, will elucidate this complex dynamic through skilled argumentation and debate. In fact, words can change the world – another reason we study economics.
So, delegates, we wish you all the best. If you have read this far into the chair’s letter, our sincerest congratulations. We hope that the speeches you give during committee in no way resemble the structure, language, or general silliness of this letter. However, we hope that the bonds you form with your fellow delegates throughout committee do.
Nick and Alex
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topic a: Kashmir Dispute
The conflict over Kashmir has defined India-Pakistan relationships, not to mention global interactions of these countries, since Partition in 1947: that is, for over 70 years. The contested territory is nestled between the borders of India, Pakistan, China, Tibet, and Afghanistan: and most of these nations have staked a claim to it at some point. Portions under Indian hold are known as the ‘crown of India’, those under Pakistani control are termed ‘Azaad (free) Kashmir’, and maps produced in China have historically (and controversially) omitted Kashmir as a part of India. This diplomatic knot is complicated further by the possession of nuclear weapons by both India and Pakistan, a history of wars surrounding this conflict, and the involvement of terrorist groups, security forces, and protesters over time. Most importantly, the human cost of this conflict has been a region of civilians in unending turmoil, and your responsibility in this committee is primarily to them. Your task is to produce, collaboratively, a solution that is both fair and strives to be acceptable to all sides of the conflict, and prioritizes the rights of the people caught in the crossfire.
topic b: Palestinian Refugees
Over 750,000 Palestinian people were displaced by the War of 1948 which led to the founding of Israel. Having been forced out of their homes and communities without being able to return, they became the first Palestinian Refugees. Now, 71 years later, there are over 7 million Palestinian refugees scattered around the world, the majority of whom are still forbidden from returning to their ancestral homes by the Israeli government which believes their return to be a threat to the maintenance of the Jewish state. Simultaneously, Palestinians still living in territory occupied by Israel continue to be systematically displaced through tactics such as land confiscation, home demolition, and the revocation of residency rights. As an issue that is at the heart of what is commonly referred to as the world's most intractable conflict, delegates will be expected to treat this conflict and issue with the sensitivity it deserves while attempting to move towards a solution that ensures the safety and well-being of displaced Palestinian refugees.