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.

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chair: Gabriela Pitten

Hey SPECPOL! My name is Gabriela and I'm a senior in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate (minor) in French Language and Culture. I'm originally from Porto Alegre, Brazil and I've been doing MUN for almost eight years now. I’ve been the  the captain of Princeton's MUN travel team and I’m currently the Treasurer of the International Relations Council. My hobbies include getting lost in the vortex of YouTube videos, trying all the coffee-free drinks at Starbucks, and teaching Americans how to dance salsa. Feel free to reach out to me (or my lovely co-chair Fritz) if you have any questions or concerns!

Email: gpitten@princeton.edu

Send Position Papers To: pmunc.specpol@gmail.com

chair: Fritz Hillegas

Hey SPECPOL my name is Fritz and I’m a rising Senior in the Woodrow Wilson School getting certificates in Latin American Studies and Urban Studies. I’m from Lawrenceville, New Jersey and have been doing Model UN related stuff since my freshman year of high school. I have spent the past 3 years at Princeton trying to get as much free travel as possible—I’ve been to (or have trips planned to) Buenos Aires, Fort Lauderdale, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and NYC. My Co-Chair (Gabi) and I are both excited to meet all of you--let us know if you have any questions!

Email: frh2@princeton.edu

Send Position Papers To: pmunc.specpol@gmail.com


topic a: The South China Sea

The South China Sea is one of the most valuable and contested stretches of water in the world. Existing as a vital shipping lane, military stronghold, fishing ground, and source of natural resources, this area of Southeast Asia has caused disputes not only at a regional level, but also at an international scale. The multiple power dynamics between nations/territories such as China, the Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia (to name a few) have histories of colonialism, exploitation and war. Delegates will be expected to take into account the interests of the numerous entities involved, in addition to maritime and historic considerations, with the goal of easing tensions and moving towards a common solution in the region.

topic b: International military intervention

International military intervention is a very delicate topic with a complex history. In the wake of the Rwandan genocide, the international community was criticized for knowingly standing by as atrocities took place. However, the interventions that were carried out have a mixed legacy of their own. For instance, NATO’s intervention in Libya resulted in what amounts to a failed state.
Furthermore, to what extent do the needs of the people supersede the sovereignty of the state? And how capable is the international community to truly determine this need? Thirteen years ago, the United Nations made a commitment to the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) doctrine, which includes a pledge to take action against crimes against humanity around the world. When addressing this topic, delegates will be expected to address the sociopolitical ramifications of this doctrine and debate the moral questions surrounding the issue as a whole.