North Atlantic Treaty Organization Director: Devin Ritter
Following the conclusion of the Second World War and a few years after the beginning of the Cold War, the United States, Canada, and numerous Western European countries came together to create the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); an effort to create a substantial political and military power to oppose the Soviet Union. Currently, with the Soviet Union dissolved and the threat of nuclear warfare much less than it was during the Cold War, NATO seeks to safeguard its members from security and defense issues; preferably through diplomatic means, but still acting militarily either under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty or under a United Nations mandate. NATO is a very strong political presence internationally and it can be expected to be involved in many of the events that are precipitating in today’s international political climate and to continue to be involved into the future. As with any strong political force, NATO needs to come to a collective answer as to how the group is going to interact with the rest of the world as a result of such events and even look into such scenarios as the failing of other international organizations, as the future of the European Union looks uncertain and rising tensions between superpowers once again sets the world on an uncertain edge. It will be very important to this committee to understand your nation’s relations to nations excluded from NATO and how they feel about global activities, as well as how they might feel when a power vacuum arises.
Topic 1: Foreign Aid and Involvement Topic 2: Contingency Plan for the Demise of the UN Security Council