The First Committee: Disarmament and International Security

May 25, 2017

Meet your Chair

Chair: Bradley Smith

Dear Delegates,

It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you all to ILMUNC Peru's Disarmament and International Security Committee! This year, our topics will be 4th Generation Warfare in the Middle East and Emerging Technologies in the Arms Trade. With the constantly evolving tactics of warfare and illicit activities, it becomes extremely important to develop innovative solutions to these issues.

To tell you a little bit about myself, I’m a dual citizen of the US and Peru, as my mom was born in Lima and I have a lot of family in Huacho. I grew up in Southern California’s Huntington Beach and am currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania under the Wharton School, concentrating in Finance and Marketing. This year will mark my 6th year as a Model UN delegate, advisor, and chair traveling to conferences throughout the United States and abroad. Outside of MUN, I really enjoy photography, cooking Peruvian food, and exploring new places. This year, the secretariat and the dais have worked together to select compelling topics for your consideration as the committee’s agenda.

In addition to reading the background guide, I highly encourage you to conduct your own supplemental research to build novel yet still feasible solutions on a foundation of historical precedent. My hope is that all of you will research further than you have ever researched so that you may reach your full MUN potentials. I’m looking for solutions that are so innovative and original, you could send them to the UN right after the conference. As DISEC is a dual delegate committee, I highly value good team work and equity between partnerships. If you have any questions or concerns before conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you all in November!


Bradley Smith
Chair, Disarmament and International Security Committee



Committee Topics

Topic A: Fourth Generation Warfare in the Middle East

In the modern information age, catalysts for change such as technology and ideology are very apparent. For many, this indicates a new categorization of warfare, particularly in regards to conflict in the Middle East. Experts describe this new "fourth generation" as being widely dispersed and largely undefined, leading to new challenges on how to guide international warfare standards. Delegates must discuss the potential changes as we enter this new era such as tactics, weapons, motivations, communication, and the formation of warfare groups. Member nation's will also create measures to help guide diplomacy, all in respect to the sovereignty of other states. This task will be particularly challenging as the new strategies and objectives of this warfare classification will be constantly evolving in real time.

Topic B: Emerging Technologies & the Arms Trade

Arms Control legislation has plagued the global community since the founding of the United Nations. However, one aspect of the problem that is most troublesome is the effect of emerging technologies and innovative weapons systems on the arms trade. Since the arms industry is so versatile and constantly progressing technologically, it is difficult for the international system to write new regulations to control the sale and trade of these new weapons. After all, the arms trade does not just encompass conventional explosives and guns. Emerging cyber warfare techniques, aerial drones, combat robots, and smart weapons are all on the global market for arms and must be overseen carefully as well. The United Nations must stay ahead of the technological progress in the weapons industry and figure out how to regulate the arms trade in a way that accounts for both old weapons and new. If they do not, our world may fall victim to rogue nations and violent organizations with some of the most effective weapons man has ever created.