specialized committees

Specialized Committees are smaller and more intimate than General Assemblies, and deal with issues specific to a region, time in history, or conflict among many others. 

Background Guides have been linked to the images for each Committee

 
 
 

the european UNION and the uk 2017: negotiating terms for a brexit

Director: Andrew Zhao, drew.zhao@mail.utoronto.ca

  • Topic 1: The discussion of trade: Negotiating a new trade deal with the EU
  • Topic 2: Immigration and the freedom of movement: What terms for migration will be agreed under new trade conditions?
  • Topic 3: Payments towards the EU: Will the UK continue paying its dues?
  • Topic 4: Regulations and Financial Services: What role will EU regulations play and what role will Britain's financial sector have in a post-Brexit?

The European Union faces an existential crisis. The United Kingdom recently held a referendum on EU membership, and the people have spoken. The UK must now mobilize its top negotiators to hold what will be an extensive and comprehensive discussion on the terms for a UK withdrawal. British leaders must find compromise on a new trade deal, establish new terms for immigration and migration, re-negotiate EU payments and re-imagine the role of EU regulations and the status of London as Europe’s dominant financial sector. Meanwhile, questions of Scottish and Northern Irish secession are now on the table, and will further add to the many challenges that Britain and the EU face.


 

Council of Ministers of Colombia, 1985: FARC, ELN and the Drug war

Director: Alejandra Bellatin, alejandra.bellatin@mail.utoronto.ca

  • Topic 1: The challenge of Revolutionary guerrilla movements: challenges with FARC and the ELN
  • Topic 2: The war against the Cartels: how to stop the violence and end drug trafficking (Pablo Escobar)
  • Topic 3: Colombia’s relationship with the United States, and its involvement in the Colombian drug war (DEA)

Colombian president Belisario Betancur has called for a meeting with his ministers to formalize a new plan to establish peace in the country. Colombia has been ravaged by a civil war led by several far-left guerrilla groups and continues to suffer from the consequences of organized crime led by cartels such as the Medellín Cartel. A new approach is necessary if Colombia is to successfully end the violence and bring stability for its people. Apart from dealing with FARC, ELN, and the Cartels, Colombian leaders must also reexamine its relationship with the United States and the role it plays in Colombia's internal struggles.


 

COMECON, 1985: Salvaging the Socialist Model

Director: Liza Kanopatykaia, liza.kanopatykaia@gmail.com

 

  • Topic 1: The growth of modern technological development: its role in economic growth and socialist production
  • Topic 2: Capital intensive projects: How to revive the stagnating economies of the Eastern Bloc
  • Topic 3: Trade liberalization with the Western nations: Can socialism integrate itself with the Western capitalist economies?
  • Topic 4: Intra-Eastern Bloc cooperation and diplomacy: Examining democracy and accountability within the Socialist republics and Communist countries

The Soviet Union has undergone a period of stagnation, starting from the 1960’s, and has accelerated in the 1980’s. The Soviet Politburo has called for a summit of COMECON, the trade and mutual assistance bloc formed after World War 2, to discuss a new path for the communist countries of Eastern Europe. Soviet-style socialism seems to have met its match with western liberal capitalism, but they won’t leave without a fight. Can the socialist economies of the Eastern Bloc be reformed to save it from capitalist capitulation? Communist leaders must now determine the role of advancing technology, the growing notion of trade liberalization, and the unavoidable discussion of democracy, while trying to finally revitalize their stagnating economies. This summit will determine the future of the USSR and its allies in the coming years.


 

United Nations Security Council, 2017: The South China Sea

Director: Mohid Malik, malik.rehmanmohid@gmail.com

  • Topic 1: The war for fish and oil: The South China Sea Armed Confrontation and the conflict over Spratly and the Paracel Islands
  • Topic 2: Japanese and Chinese Hostilities: The dispute over the Senkaku Islands

The United Nations Security Council is meeting in an attempt to settle the disputes of the South China Sea and neighbouring areas. In July of 2016, an historic decision was made by the UNCLOS, ruling in favour of the Philippines in regards to several disputes in the area, with the main concern over the nine-dash line, which includes the disputed territories of the Spratly and Paracel Islands. China’s rejection of the ruling has left the region in a state of unease, and other countries such as Indonesia and Vietnam continue to dispute the territorial claims, leading to countless incidents between fishing boats, coast guards and navy vessels. Meanwhile, the UNSC hopes to also tackle the issue of the Senkaku Islands between China and Japan. The year is 2017, and the threat of war has become common rumour. The council must act quickly before tensions escalate any further.


 

The International Press Corps

Director: Molly Cong, molly.cong@mail.utoronto.ca

As journalists who can traverse through space and time, the International Press Corps will be tasked with reporting, interviewing and writing on the biggest issues and events that the world faces. Journalists are the lifeblood of politics: They deliver the news, and set up the interpretations that the public receives on current affairs. IPC journalists, representing their respective news agencies and publications, will report on ongoing events, from the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, the aftermath of 9/11, the Lebanese Civil War of 1975, to the progress of the Paris Climate Conference. Alongside with the coverage journalists will provide, they must debate together the implications of their findings, and provide their opinions and analyses on what they expect for the future to hold.


1919: Paris Peace Conference - Can we re-write History?

Director: Amna Zulfiqar, amna.zulfiqar@mail.utoronto.ca

  • Topic 1: The demilitarization of Germany
  • Topic 2: Reparations to the victors
  • Topic 3: Territorial concessions; the future of German colonial mandates

The Great War has just ended, and the central powers have been defeated by the Entente and its allies in a costly and exhaustive conflict. The scale of such a war is unprecedented, and its global manifestation has left few regions untouched. The losers now face the horrid task of negotiating an unsettling peace agreement with the victors, in what will be known as the Paris Peace Conference. History awaits to see what terms will be agreed upon, as anger and vengeance seem to dominate the upcoming discussion. The question of reparations, demilitarization and territorial concessions may serve to humiliate Germany and its losing allies, and the final document produced in the end shall determine if Europe is to remain divided or united.


 

celac (Community of Latin American & Caribbean States) SUMMIT 2017

Director: Aamer Ghuznavi, aamer.ghuznavi@mail.utoronto.ca

  • Topic 1: Regional Economic Crisis
  • Topic 2: Economic Impact and Corruption Involving the Rio 2016 Olympics
  • Topic 3: Energy Revenue Generating Options
  • Topic 4: Corruption

South America finds itself in a difficult position in the year 2017 and in the aftermath of the early 2010’s. Countries such as Brazil continue to struggle with immense corruption, while its economy suffers from recession and growing unemployment. Venezuela meanwhile is in turmoil, where food and supply shortages have led to mass opposition to the Maduro government. The community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, has come together to not only discuss the pressing issues of Brazil and Venezuela, but to re-evaluate the entire South American Project. The Pink-Tide is in its aftermath, and leaders must examine whether or not the Latin America is where it wants to be today. CELAC must also discuss the future of climate change and energy-use. Countries such as Venezuela heavily depend on oil for economic growth, while Cuba has moved fully towards renewable energy. CELAC must discuss its obligation of developing renewable energy sources to tackle climate change, and how it will divest from oil-use. Furthermore CELAC must evaluate the legacy of the 2016 Rio Olympics and the political and economic damage it has caused on Brazil. The olympics were highly controversial due to its high costs during a time of economic difficulty, yet did very little to revive economic growth. The issues relating to the four topics are not limited to the background guide, and all members are encouraged to raise any relevant issues most pertinent to them.