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Welcome to BEYMUN 2018’s Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) of the General Assembly. DISEC revolves heavily around Article 11 of Chapter IV of the UN Charter: “The General Assembly may consider the general principles of cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, including the principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armament”. Therefore, DISEC mostly tackles issues of disarmament, threats to global security, and issues that put global peace at risk. Delegates in DISEC are tasked with developing solutions to the challenges of international security and global peace through decisive and diplomatic resolutions.
Topic A: The Reduction of Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Trade
The illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALWs) is recognized as an issue at the top of the international political agenda. The multiple attempts to combat the trading of such weaponry outside of internationally recognized guidelines have demonstrated the significance of the matter to the countless states involved. Today, with the rise of intra-state conflicts and international ethnic and political divide, such an issue is as in need of a solution as ever. The illicit trade of SALWs directly and indirectly touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals across the globe. In the Middle East alone, such illicit trade has been the fuel for conflict that divides and separates ethnicities and backgrounds.
At BEYMUN 2018, delegates will be tasked with the responsibility and duty of diplomatically combatting the rise of the illicit trade of SALWs by instilling preventive measures and actions to reduce illicit SALW trade occurrence. Will delegates rise up to the occasion and produce the solutions to a political epidemic that today’s international authorities have failed to address? Will such a solution be diplomatic enough to ride the fine line between intrusive foreign intervention and preventative political action? How will your delegation approach the ever-growing sensitivity of the topic? Can we finally do what international political leaders couldn’t?
Topic B: The Regulation of Foreign Military Aid
During unstable times, with frequent episodes of conflict and warfare, international communities are constantly reaching out to assist each other with different types of aid, including military aid. However, given the highly contextual nature of the topic, it is challenging to develop a framework which could organize such foreign military aid and the extent of its use in war-torn regions. In fact, criteria to define, justify and regulate foreign military aid are still not fully developed in the UN’s web of guidelines and restraints. Even with regulatory frameworks set in place, how do we guarantee the application of such frameworks under unstable circumstances that require quick solutions? For a topic that relies heavily on the context of the state in need of foreign assistance, will pre-set regulations restrict the delivery of sufficient aid? How flexible should these regulations be so as not to under- or overestimate the type and size of aid needed? Moreover, are armed forces entitled to go beyond providing physical security and further support the country’s broader humanitarian and developmental goals?
Indeed, all these are controversial questions given the sensitive nature of the topic. What is your nation’s stance on this? At what point do boundaries fail to be effective? Can a lack of them prove to be the most optimal solution? Let’s unveil the answers together at BEYMUN 2018!
Salah Ghazzal – Chair
The Disarmament and International Security Committee in BEYMUN ’18 will be chaired by Salah Ziyad Ghazzal, a third year student at the American University of Beirut. Salah majors in Political Science and Public Administration emphasizing in both public policy and international law. As an avid MUNer, Salah has enjoyed the opportunity to travel to MUN conferences around the world. His experience as a delegate was built through his participation in conferences in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, the Czech Republic, Qatar, and Turkey. After attending many conferences as a delegate, Salah turned to chairing where he chaired the General Assembly in three consecutive MUN conferences at his alma mater’s LEBMUN. After eight years of MUN experience, his involvement in BEYMUN ’18 is the most exciting yet. The topics chosen for the Disarmament and International Security Committee on combating illicit small arms and light weapons trafficking and regulating foreign military aid have peaked his excitement even more due to their relevance and importance to the political and socio-economic stability of many regions of the world. Outside of MUN, Salah is a die-hard Los Angeles Laker and Chelsea Football Club fan. His interest in basketball and football are the only interest that could parallel his passion for international affairs and political studies. At BEYMUN ’18, make sure to stop by DISEC and discuss international affairs, basketball, or football with him! Don’t be shy and get ready for an engaging and memorable experience!
Christina Hanna Harb - Assistant Chair
Christina Hanna Harb is a junior economics student at the American University of Beirut, and her involvement in MUN helped her grow and develop her personality. During high school, she participated in GC LAU MUN, where she was a delegate in the Historical Security Council, and also in LAU Model Arab League. After that, she took on the role of an advisor for high school delegates. Ever since, she became highly interested in international politics and relations. Christina is continuing her MUN journey this year through her participation in BEYMUN, where she will be the assistant chair in DISEC. Given her growing interest in topics relating to arms trafficking and military intervention, she is looking forward to see the delegates discuss these topics this April. She thinks that BEYMUN is the perfect opportunity for delegates to develop critical thinking to be able to tackle current world issues from new perspectives! Besides that, Christina has a deep passion for history and philosophy.