Committee Information

Committee Name: United Nations Security Council (UNSC), 2018
Organ: Councils, Boards, and Courts (CBCs)
Undersecretary-General: Jaebok Lee
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Claudia Leonor
Chair and Crisis Manager: Russell Guertin and Garrett Hinck
Topic A: Mitigation of Humanitarian Affects of the Syrian Civil War and Solutions to the Conflict
Topic B: North Korean Nuclear Program and Deescalation of Conflict and Tension in the Region

Access the Topic Abstract for this committee here.

A Letter from the Crisis Manager and Chair

Bienvenue, Bienvenido, Добро пожаловать  أهلاً و سهل, 歡迎光臨, Welcome Delegates!

Welcome to the United Nations Security Council! As the foremost international body endowed with maintaining international peace and security, in 2018 the Security Council faces the most pressing challenges to the global order – international terrorism, violations of international law, nuclear proliferation, as well as a rapidly expanding international humanitarian crisis. The Security Council’s five permanent members – the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, and China exercise an enormous amount of influence on the world stage, and the rotating ten non-permanent members provide additional weight to the Security Council’s decisions. The five permanent members can veto any resolution, and thus the Council must achieve consensus before it can take serious action – making cooperation vital among delegates.

At this meeting of the Security Council, the members will consider the issue of humanitarian intervention in response to repeated violations of international law and expanding terrorism in places such as Syria, the Philippines, Sudan, and Yemen. Restoring international peace and security in these areas will require collective action – but members must also be cognizant of preserving international law as constituted under the UN Charter. Tensions between Russia, China, and the United States, with the changing political leadership in France and the United Kingdom will make these discussions even more contentious.

International security will also be a key topic for the Security Council, as means such as cyber warfare and nuclear proliferation have challenged the sovereignty of many of the world’s leading states. The accords that the Security Council reaches on questions such as North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and the expansion of cyber warfare will shape the security landscape of the coming decade. You will be expected to integrate knowledge across issues to solve the most pressing crises of the day – and respond to new issues as they develop by bridging the deep divides in the international community, or risk global conflict.

We expect a weekend of contentious debate, crisis, and greatness from each of you. We look forward to meeting you all!

Hoya Saxa,

Garrett Hinck and Russell Guertin

Crisis Manager and Chair, United Nations Security Council

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About the Chair

Russell hails from the foggy wonderland of San Francisco, CA and is a senior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics. Like Garrett, he is dual-enrolled in the Security Studies Master’s Program. Russell is a diehard Golden State Warriors fan and loves playing basketball when not reading or doing crosswords. This is his fourth (and last) NAIMUN and he could not be more excited for what should prove an exciting committee!


About the Crisis Manager

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Garrett is a senior in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology and International Affairs. He is dually-enrolled in the Security Studies M.A. Program, where he studies technology and security. He is most interested in cybersecurity and hopes to work in the intelligence community. This is his second time serving as a Crisis Manager at NAIMUN, after being involved the past three years. When not studying international security, Garrett enjoys hiking, debate within the Philodemic Debate Society, and visiting DC’s many art museums.

Learning Goals

NAIMUN strives to provide the most well-rounded educational and enjoyable experience to delegates. The learning goals for the United Nations Security Council are as follows. Delegates will gain:

  • Intimate knowledge of today’s most pertinent global crises.
  • Understanding of the complexity of these crises–they are not black and white issues.
  • Information about what practical actions are being taken today and what can be taken.
  • Insight as to where these crises might be headed and how different actors in the situation will react based on their priorities.