Chair: Nick Batarillo
TOPIC 1: THE northern TRIANGLE
While not officially recognized as a sovereign entity, the Northern Triangle has historically referred to the region encompassed by El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. For decades the Northern Triangle nations have been plagued with rampant corruption, unabated violence, and persistent economic instability, and it is the duty of the Security Council to ensure the states regain security in all facets.
TOPIC 2: The Central African Republic
In the 2016 United Nations Human Development Report, the CAR is ranked last out of 188 nations on the Human Development Index (HDI), which assesses a country’s human development based on a multitude of factors, such as average life expectancy, years of education, and GDP per capita. Due to the severe political instability spurred by multiple past civil wars, the Security Council must maintain its mandate of global peace by ensuring that the rampant, nationwide violence comes to an end.
A LETTER FROM THE CHAIR:
My name is Nick Batarilo, and I will be serving as the Director for the Security Council this upcoming winter. After much research and preparation for committee, I am excited to welcome you to MUNUM XXXII.
First, a bit about me. I am a sophomore here at Michigan in the College of Engineering, majoring in Data Science with a minor in Political Science. I grew up and still live in Somerset, New Jersey, which has significantly better pizza and bagels than Michigan I might add. Though I have never staffed a conference before, my Model UN roots go way back to my freshman year of highschool. I have attended numerous conferences across the east coast, and I also compete on the collegiate circuit with the Michigan team, blueMUN. Aside from Model UN, I’m also a Super Smash Bros. Melee enthusiast, a drummer, and a member of the Michigan Data Science Team.
This year’s committee will address the situations in the Northern Triangle and the Central African Republic (CAR): two regions that have been plagued with chronic instability for the past few decades. The Northern Triangle’s legacy of violence dates back to a series of civil wars that began in the mid-twentieth century. The CAR has endured a slew of rebellions and regime changes for the past four decades. It is important to keep in mind that you are not dealing with an entirely novel situation, as you may have been, had this committee addressed the situations in Ukraine or Syria. Rather, the Northern Triangle and the CAR are regions where the international community has attempted time and time again to improve the situation, but has continually failed to do so. Thus, any resolution you arrive at will need to address what has worked in the past and what has not. This additional consideration will serve useful in guiding and informing your debate, but it also adds an entirely new dimension to the process of formulating a solution.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions at any point leading up to the conference. Can’t wait to see you all in Ann Arbor!
Director, Security Council