Topic A: Demilitarization of space
Topic B: Combating terrorist financial networks

The First Committee: DISEC is truly a Model UN institution, and is typically one of the foremost organs of the United Nations employed to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the world. Space demilitarization has a place near and dear to my heart, as anyone on the team can attest, due to my love of space exploration and law. Space truly is the final frontier, and revisiting the seminal Outer Space Treaty of 1966 and the Space Preservation Treaty of 2006 will serve as a critical update on one of international law’s most forward-looking issues.

Combating terrorist financial networks is likewise an issue that is not discussed enough. In this current world of non-state actors, finding new ways to combat terror will be an essential part of the world strategy against these quick-moving, mercurial forces. As a business student, I am excited to explore the world of financial sanctions and methods for rooting out lifelines that allow terror networks to flourish.

The intent in choosing these topics was to provide a bit of a different DISEC experience than most conferences will offer. Neither of these topics are generally common topics of discussion, and I felt strongly about giving delegates an experience that they could point to as being good, solid Model UN without rehashing the same topics they may discuss at any given conference.

Delegates,

Welcome to NAIMUN LIV and the First Committee: Disarmament and International Security! My name is Jack Ludtke, and I am a senior at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. I am a double major in International Business and Management with a minor in Government.

Model UN has been a big part of my life since high school, where I competed for the New Canaan High School and eventually served as one of the Head Delegates for the 2012 – 2013 season. I have competed with the Georgetown Model UN team all four years at Georgetown, and currently serve as the team’s Conference Coordinator and Head Delegate. Additionally, I served as the Secretary-General for Georgetown’s collegiate conference, the National Collegiate Security Conference, during its 43rd edition in 2014 – 2015. I had the great honor of being selected to Best Delegate’s second-team collegiate All-Star team for the 2015 – 2016 season.
On campus, I also serve on Georgetown’s Senior Class Committee, serve as the Managing Editor on the Undergraduate Law Review, and have served as a Teaching Assistant. In my spare time, I am a New York Jets fan and enjoy playing squash.

I look forward to meeting all of you this February and exploring these subjects together. If you have any questions about the committee, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] I’m also open to questions about what Model UN in college is like, what the best strategies for this committee will be, and generally how we will be doing business come conference.
Again, welcome to NAIMUN and DISEC – I eagerly await your enthusiasm, skill, and ingenuity.

Best,

Jack Ludtke
Chair, DISEC
[email protected]