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.


chair: Nick Jain

Email: ncjain@princeton.edu

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

chair: Aparna shankar

Hello lovely delegates! My name is Aparna, and I’m a junior majoring in public policy, with a certificate in French language and culture. I was born and raised in (way too) sunny New Delhi, India, where I unknowingly began what turned out to be a long-term relationship with MUN that continues even 7000+ miles away. On campus, outside of Model UN, I am the editor-in-chief of American Foreign Policy Magazine, a campus tour guide, and serve as a programs and events chair at the diversity centre. I can’t wait to get to know all of you—I usually always have some form of chocolate on me (happy to share, promise) and do not bite, so please feel free to talk to me at any point!

Email: as78@princeton.edu

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


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.