Directors: Maggie Johnson, Joshua Hasler
Assistant Directors: Charles Rinderle, Molly Miller
Welcome to MUNUM XXXI! I will be one of the directors for this year’s Security Council (UNSC). My name is Maggie and I am a senior majoring in History, International Studies, and Spanish. In my previous conferences I served on crisis and joint staff and I hope to bring the fast paced energy of those committees to committee this year. I am also involved with Sigma Iota Rho, an international studies honor society, the Michigan Journal for International Affairs, and Detroit Partnership. Outside of academics and extracurriculars, I love running, rock climbing, and anything else that gets me outside.
The United Nations Security Council is one of the most emblematic features of post war era international diplomacy. It symbolizes the international desire for peace to some and the failure of the international community to achieve that peace to others. Regardless, as the only international body sanctified with the ability to use force in implementing its initiatives, it is one of the most influential bodies in international politics. In accordance with its abilities, the topics the UNSC handles pertain to international security and peacekeeping operations. This year, our topics reflect two of the most pressing issues that threaten peace today: Transboundary Water Conflict and Nuclear Arms Maintenance and Security.
As the climate changes, access to water in some regions will become increasingly difficult and has the ability to escalate to armed conflict if not managed properly. Access to drinking water is vital to every human’s life in every country making the stakes for transboundary water conflict extremely high. In cases where two countries share a water source and a tense historical relationship, the fallout between the two nations could result in devastation to the losing country’s people. The UNSC is responsible for ensuring that these disputes do not result in catastrophic loss of life.
The spectre of nuclear conflict has haunted international diplomacy since World War II but its presence has become noticeably more powerful in recent years. As new countries seek, or are perceived to seek, to become nuclear powers, the balance struck at the end of The Cold War threatens to change. The UNSC will need to respond to shifts in the current equilibrium and defuse tensions to avoid nuclear confrontation.
Welcome again to MUNUM XXXI!
Co-Director, Security Council
Welcome to MUNUM XXXI’s Security Council! Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Josh Hasler, your committee’s Co-Director. I am a senior pursuing an honors degree in History and Political Science. I’m very happy to answer any questions you might have about the University of Michigan, the Honors College, MUNUM, or anything else you might be wondering about regarding life on campus.
I am very excited for our Security Council this year. We will be focusing primarily on two important issues that will only grow in significance over the course of the coming century: transboundary water conflicts and nuclear weapon security and maintenance. Both topics have the potential to heighten international tensions, destabilize regions, and even potentially spark armed conflict. Thus, it will be important for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take actions to ameliorate the negative impacts of these issues and, above all else, promote peace.
Anyone who follows international news knows that crises can be sparked quickly, prompting the various actors in a conflict to act with little-to-no warning; regions with simmering tensions can quickly become major geopolitical flashpoints when cooler heads do not prevail. As such, this year’s Security Council will be fast-paced and crisis-based. Delegates should come prepared to engage in vigorous debate on the previously discussed topics but should also expect to have to quickly change gears to address immediate risks to international peace and security.
All of us here at MUNUM have high expectations for our delegates, especially delegates in the Security Council. These expectations extend to both a delegate’s preparedness and engagement relating to their committee work and also to a delegate’s personal conduct at MUNUM. This should be a welcoming, safe, and positive experience for all delegates and therefore we ask that you treat your peers with the utmost respect.
I’d like to conclude by reaffirming how excited I am for committee and to meet all of you. I’ve been involved in Model UN and Model Congress since my sophomore year of High School and this will be my first time directing a committee. I hope that this will be a Model UN experience you’ll always remember!
Co-Director, Security Council