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Security Cooperation in East Asia

Security Cooperation in East Asia

With the advent of the Meiji era in 1868, Japan became committed to becoming an international military power, undertaking a crash industrialization program and modernizing its armed forces. East Asia has been a hotbed of regional security competition ever since. For the remainder of the 19th century and into the 20th, Japan and Russia were the primary actors in the region. But with Japan decimated by World War II, and the Soviet Union focusing most of its efforts and energy on Eastern Europe, the second half of the 20th century left a power vacuum, into which the United States deliberately and forcefully stepped. The Chinese Communist Party was consolidating its power in the Middle Kingdom, but in the immediate postwar years was not yet prepared to truly flex its muscles in the region. By 1950, however, the People’s Republic of China was ready to back the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea. With the United States backing the nominally democratic Republic of Korea in the south, the stage was set for the Korean War, which was also the last time open armed conflict has taken place in the region.


The Cold War years were somewhat uneventful from a regional security perspective. While tensions waxed and waned on the Korean Peninsula, the American security umbrella and China’s general lack of power projection capability left the situation relatively static. However, things have been changing rapidly in the past decade. China is flexing its muscles in the region like never before, building a more modern and effective navy to complement its enormous land forces. Meanwhile, the United States’ role is less clear than it has been at any time since 1945. President Obama’s “pivot to Asia” never manifested in the form of much clear policy action, and now President Trump has repeatedly expressed his skepticism about alliances and regional security commitments. While he has toed a firm rhetorical line in opposition to the DPRK’s nuclear program and provocative missile launches, it remains to be seen whether US military installations in Japan and South Korea will be maintained, at least at their present strength. Will the United States continue to guarantee the security of those nations, or are direct threats to American soil the administration’s only concern?


These questions have in part inspired certain sectors of the Japanese political class, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and some of his allies, to agitate for an abandonment of Japan’s constitutional commitment to pacifism. These would allow the country’s military, now called the Self-Defense Forces, to participate in offensive military operations. While some parties have been pushing for such a move since as early as the 1950s, the uncertainty surrounding the US commitment has lent more credence to such efforts. Moves in that direction could only serve to arouse suspicion on the part of China, and to a lesser extent South Korea, both of which suffered under imperial Japanese occupation in the first half of the 20th century. Tensions between Japan and China, particularly over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, have already led to hostile and xenophobic protests in both countries against the other and boycotts of each other’s products. The recent deployment of a THAAD anti-ballistic-missile system in South Korea by the United States has also spurred angry reactions from China, which argues that the system’s stated purpose of defending against strikes by the DPRK is a smokescreen for its true purpose – weakening China’s own nuclear arsenal. With American objectives and commitments unclear, China continuing to gain strength, Japan restless, and the shadow of the North Korean nuclear program falling across the region, how can the international community reduce tensions and restore equilibrium? Is a new regional security apparatus in the offing, or will DiSec attempt to chart a different course?

  • Torpedosix
    Torpedosix November 13, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Republic of the Philippines
    Abby Vander Vliet

    During the Cold War, East Asian countries split into two polarizing views, those who supported and those who opposed communism. Opposing communism, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines formed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1967, however, this association was preceded by the Association of Southeast Asia (ASA) which was founded in 1961. With the mission of promoting political and economic cooperation and regional stability. Today, East Asia is the only region left with a Cold War legacy causing tension between Communist and Democratic nations. However, in recent years the situation of the Korean peninsula strains regional security and longstanding territorial, ethnic, religious, and historical feuds linger and create tension within the region.

    The achievements in East Asia are attributed to the generally peaceful and stable environment in the past decades, which should be cherished by all. However, in recent years, territorial and maritime disputes among some East Asian countries have damaged political trust between nations concerned and affected by regional cooperation. Faced with these problems, countries in the region must never return to the Cold War mentality. While the main nations involved in East Asia include China, Japan, North Korea, and South Korea, the United States is also involved by being a member of the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). In theory, the East Asia cooperation is a matter for East Asian countries. But the attitude of the United States, positive or negative, affects the process. Because the United States has a military arrangement with the Philippines and currently have strategic positioning, we urge the United States to avoid confrontation and to find peace through negotiations. States are increasing their nuclear weapons arsenals and developing new technologies have not lived up to their commitments and their obligations under international law. Because of this, it is imperative to realize the goal of the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Total elimination is the only guarantee that nuclear weapons will not be used or threatened to be used.

    The Philippines believe that the sovereignty of all nations should be respected and urges measures be put in place to ensure that autonomy be preserved. Avoiding conflict with other nations, the Philippines would like the UN to place restrictions and retributions on member states who do not respect the sovereignty of others. To define what imposes on sovereignty we would like to determine a clear definition and in order to let nation’s resolve issues in a way that respects their sovereignty we ask that the West not impose on international East Asian conflict. In order to maintain a safe world, we urge all nations to respect the sovereignty of others and not escalate tensions. We propose resolving differences peacefully through dialogue and negotiations in order to deepen regional cooperation. The Philippines propose a legally binding instrument that will prohibit possessing, testing, using, producing, manufacturing, developing, stockpiling, transferring of nuclear weapons, and assisting and encouraging in any form to anyone, in particular non-state actors. However, this should not infringe on the inalienable right of states to peacefully use nuclear energy. In the future we would like to establish a body to oversee this process.

    • Hcdonovan51502
      Hcdonovan51502 November 16, 2017 Reply

      Hope Donovan
      In East Asia, Japan has become an increasingly militaristic power and aims to emerge as a global power. Finland believes that this is a perfectly reasonable decision. One issue presented is the alliance of the United States and China which Finland is firmly opposed to. This is due to the fact that although Finland is for a world in which countries are co-dependent we do not believe that that particular alliance is prudent. This is due to the fact that China, the United States, and Russia are three of the largest global military powers presently and if two of them bind themselves together in a military capacity then the third will doubtless feel threatened and this will escalate tensions amongst not only those three countries but also the world in general due to the long reach of those three.

      Finland can see how this idea is appealing at first glance, however the second that more scrutiny is applied it is clear that this alliance is not at all worth the neutralization of North Korea. Yes, this would be a relatively easy solution to that threat but on the other hand, it would create an alliance that Finland is thoroughly uncomfortable with existing.

      In conclusion, Finland is perfectly fine with the increasing amount of military power that Japan is interested in attaining. Although the eventual goal of Finland would be complete demilitarization of all countries Finland is aware that this is a lofty ideal, to say the least. Due to that fact Finland is fine with Japan increasing its military capacity to a non-nuclear extent. Finland is however heartily opposed to an alliance between America and China simply due to the balance of power that would be disturbed and the tensions that would be created.

  • Vonkm
    Vonkm November 13, 2017 Reply

    Committee: DISEC
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Country: Azerbaijan

    As the years have progressed, the stability of the East Asian region has ebbed and flowed much like ocean waves. During the Cold War, the region was tranquil, but as one gets closer to present day, each country is on the verge of brinksmanship with their neighbor. Even Japan, who committed themselves to pacifism in their constitution, is considering offensive military action. The tensions between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) are rising, and with them rise the tensions between their respective allies China and the United States of America (USA). This leaves Japan and all who align with countries in the region caught in the middle of a dispute on the verge of boiling over.
    The wonderous country of Azerbaijan has solid economic ties with the ROK, Japan, the US, and rapidly growing trade with China. It even has a non-resident embassy to the DPRK in Beijing. Azerbaijan has a connection with every country in the region. Because of this, stability is essential. If the region were to erupt with violence, Azerbaijan would lose key trading partners, and its economy would surely suffer.
    Because of its deeply rooted connection to East Asia, Azerbaijan believes it is imperative the committee construct a resolution that demonstrates a comprehensive way to ensure peace in the region. Azerbaijan notes that numerous other countries share its economic position and are looking for a way to secure their trade relations. They, too, will be looking to support a resolution promoting peace.

  • Shirahaus
    Shirahaus November 14, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    The United Arab Emirates
    Shira Haus

    Since the invention of the atomic bomb, nuclear weapons have been a constant source of contention and controversy. In recent years, the situation in East Asia concerning national security and nuclear weapons has escalated to a dangerous degree. Threats of nuclear violence traded by President Trump of the United States and Prime Minister Kim Jong Un of North Korea have caused distress from other nations who would be greatly affected by a nuclear war between these two countries. Another issue plaguing the East has been the tensions between China and Japan. Japan has become a formidable military force, which has, understandably, put China on edge. Both nations seem to be gearing up for conflict, but at this point, crisis can be avoided with reasonable disarmament and diplomacy.

    Disarmament will diminish the threat of nuclear war in a safe and reasonable way, but such progress can only occur if every country involved agrees on the same policy. The dispute between North Korea and the United States, for instance, has only gotten more bitter and more dangerous as both nations refuse to come to a consensus. Although the United Arab Emirates now houses an operational nuclear power reactor, the energy produced will be used to reduce fossil fuel consumption and export more oil to countries that need it. The International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed after inspection that this reactor will not produce nuclear weapons, and will benefit our nation rather than cause harm to others. The United Arab Emirates does not possess any programs for nuclear weapon development or transport, and we encourage other nations to follow suit. Only until the world’s superpowers have ceased their threats of nuclear retaliation will the East be a safer environment.

    The United Arab Emirates is concerned about the recent tension surrounding nuclear weapons and testing in the East. A nuclear war could devastate great swaths of the planet, destroying the resources it relies upon, and costing countless lives. The UAE believes that North Korea must cease its nuclear testing and the threats of war that it continues to issue. We also call upon Japan to remain peaceful as long as direct force is not initiated, since preparations for war would heighten tensions with China and South Korea. East Asia is in need of strengthened relations and security between its nations in order to avoid nuclear war. This topic should be a priority for the committee to focus on and try to resolve in a peaceful manner.

  • Taegan_Long
    Taegan_Long November 14, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Taegan Long

    With the increase uncertainty of the United States regional security commitment to Japan and South Korea, the Japanese political class -including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe- has began efforts to abandon the country’s commitment to pacifism. Under the Self-Defense Forces (SDF), Japan increase efforts to re-establish its military and begin to become reinvolved in overseas conflicts. In an attempt to aid the war torn region of South Sudan, Japan authority passed legislation that would allow the SDF unit’s weapons to play a larger role in protection efforts. speculation grows as whether or not Japan’s violation of their anti-war constitution will generate overseas conflicts for the peacekeeper operation of SDF. Re-establishment has also aroused suspicion from neighboring China and to some degree South Korea, both of which suffered under imperial Japanese occupation. This is only emphasized by the growing conflicts between the Sennkaku/Dinoyu Islands of China and Japan, where protests and boycotts against neighbors increase. With American objectives unclear, Japan continues to grow restless and tensions between East Asian nations continue to threaten regional security cooperation.

    As current members of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces and a leading contributor to the African Union peace cooperations, Uganda recognizes the importance of having an abled military presence in the name of peace. In an effort to combat the internal civil war within South Sudan, the UN was established the UNMISS -United Nations Mission In South Sudan- in order to regulate and contain the threat of international and regional security. Of the top contributors, Uganda is among the top ten to aid South Sudan through police issued peacekeepers. Reducing internal strife within South Sudan would boost the security of its citizens and borders. It would also reduce the increasing refugee flow of South Sudanese into Uganda and decrease the amount of displaced persons within the country. The establishment of the Self-Defense Forces in Japan have become strictly limited under the UN Peacekeeping Forces and continue to aid missions. As peacekeepers, Japanese SDF are tasked with keeping regional and international security by creating conditions for lasting peace in countries torn from conflict. Uganda sees peace operations as key to foreign diplomacy when engaging in international and regional relations.

    In order to maintain international security, Uganda encourages relations to be establish between Unites States and Japan on the matter of military security. If an agreement between the two nation states cannot be reached on the United States stance of its involvement with Japan, then it should be in the name of national security that Japan continues its efforts in Self-Defense Forces and re-establishing a standing military.

  • Khervey
    Khervey November 14, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Kennedy Hervey
    Following opening remarks from Ghee Hwan Kim, Consul General for the Republic of Korea in New York, Panda highlighted what he called “disturbing events” as North Korea’s missile program developed over the last year. Describing the recent surge of missile launches after a lull in the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Panda said that “just in the span of about eight months North Korea has shown off six new systems that are serious causes for concern.” This swell of activity culminated in a July 4 test of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). “Not a particularity happy day,” Panda remarked. With Syria’s history of volatile attacks at the hands of air strikes we sympathize with fear and anxiety of those apart of the Security Cooperation in East Asia. Hence the Republic of Syria’s embrace of the election of the progressive Moon Jae In, Seoul who plans on reimplement the so called “Sunshine Policy.” The policy, followed most recently by President Roh Moo-hyun during his 2003-2008 term, calls for dialogue and engagement with North Korea. But Kim noted gaps—which some may consider contradictions—between the U.S. and South Korean governments’ respective policies toward North Korea. He said, “The Trump government’s policy is maximum-pressure engagement, and the Moon Jae-in government’s North Korea policy is sanctions and dialogue, which are harmonized.”
    Therefore the Republic of Syria strongly suggest open dialogue with both friends and foes, particularly during a crisis so that they do not get into the current position Syria. In addition this open dialogue limits the possibility of miscommunication and escalation. She raised a key point: that both military and civilian leadership wished to work “with non-partners and non-allies in order to prevent misunderstanding and reduce the risk of unintended incidents. Moreover Syria urges more international treaties and conventions to help alleviate the strain caused by the uncertainty and anxiety around the world, especially in east asia, on air strikes.

  • Calveneauz
    Calveneauz November 14, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Cŏte d’ivoire
    Mr. Zachary Kenneth Calveneau

    Security cooperation in east asia has become more and more of a pressing issue in recent years, and with Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un coming to power on 9 March 2014, this has only further increased these tensions.In 2017 alone, the DPRK, or Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, has test fired 22 missiles in 15 different tests, further perfecting their technology. With the United States position unclear, China growing, and Japan growing restless, we believe that it is imperative that the committee address this.
    As an ally of Japan, China, and the United States, we believe that the best way to approach this would be to maintain peace, while keeping tight economic sanctions on the DPRK. These sanctions are making the DPRK more and more desperate, and with a 30% decrease in total oil imports by cutting off over 55% of refined petroleum products going to North Korea, missile research and production has come to a stand still. Keeping these sanctions is important because it keeps the DPRK from having any means of destruction to threaten and bargain with. Not just the oil sanctions have been effective, but the banning of one of the DPRK’s top exports, textiles, has caused their economy to tank.
    We ask that the economic sanctions on the DPRK remain the way they are, and peace be maintained. The maintenance of peace is necessary for our alliances to remain intact, and our economy to remain stable. According to Xavier Aurégan, PhD at the French Institute of Geopolitics, from 1983 to 2013, there are approximately 174 Chinese official development finance projects in Côte d’Ivoire. Of these 174 official development finance projects, 112 are approximately 12 billion euros, so having any conflict would be detrimental to our economy as well, which is why we ask that there be peace between these nations.

  • Rachel_Dick
    Rachel_Dick November 14, 2017 Reply

    The intense militarization of Eastern Asia has risen to the top of the ladder as a potential world threat. The nation of Panama would like to see international cooperation in addressing both of these situations without imposing upon national sovereignty. The nation of Panama does not find itself at the heart of these issues but would still wish to express concern, as these are issues which affect every nation. However, as Panama has great influence over trade relations between the United States and a great number of East Asian nations we take special note of the military relations of these nations, and would like to see that these are maintained. Overall, Panama would like for an agreement to come forward which guarantees the security of this world’s nations, and protects its alliances. The nation of Panama finds itself poorly equipped to combat this challenge due to our small military power, but would wish to implore nations which have such power to take care of this issue while keeping in mind the rights of other nations. As Panam is allied with such East Asian Nations such as the nation of China, we find ourselves at caution as we face the possibility of an armed conflict in the region. Similarly, allied with the United States, we take interest in the further involvement of the nation, whether it’s involvement be expanded or scaled down. Panama would be interested to see if the military United States remains in East Asia to protect the security of smaller nations from militarization in the region increases. Panama finds itself to have interest in both the nations in East Asia and Western nations such as the United States and would greatly encourage cooperation between such nations.

  • Heather1809
    Heather1809 November 14, 2017 Reply

    Committee: DISEC
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Country: Russia

    The Russian Federation has overcome many challenges to eliminate the legacy left in the Cold War and to become a nation more willing to cooperate globally. Russia has been working towards Security Cooperation in East Asia since the formation of our federation. We are currently working with Japan to establish a free regime for those traveling in the Hokkaido and the Sakhalin region in order to promote the creation of a peace treaty. We are also working with Vietnam in a comprehensive strategic partnership.
    Russia is and always will be ready for an open and frank dialogue regarding bilateral and multilateral agreements made with other countries. We encourage dialogue between countries that presents our values of equality, mutual respect, and non-direct interference in domestic affairs. As countries with different values, different cultural patterns, and goals attempt to become global leaders, it is important that their views are not imposed on to others and that they instead provide global leadership by example.
    Regarding the situation within the DPRK, we believe the main source stems from the possibility of the sophisticated THAAD missile defense system to be set up in South Korea. Russia agrees with China and many other nations in the region that such system should not be on the continent nor should a similar one be built in Japan. Solutions regarding tension with the DPRK should be handled by alternative solutions and dialogue. During such solutions, Russia supports a “double freeze” along with countries such as China and South Korea on North Korean nuclear and missile tests as well as in Military Installations in South Korea. The Russian Federation believes that contact must be opened up with DPRK however we will not recognize them as a Nuclear Weapons State.

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      Heather Rae Rose November 22, 2017 Reply

      Heather Rose

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      Heather Rae Rose November 22, 2017 Reply

      Delegate Heather Rose

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        Heather Rae Rose November 22, 2017 Reply

        Royal Oak High School

  • K_botswana2017
    K_botswana2017 November 14, 2017 Reply

    SUBMITTED TO: The Disarmament and International Security Committee
    FROM: Botswana
    SUBJECT: Security Cooperation in East Asia

    The question of if Japan should be allowed to do more than just defend itself is a troubling matter. While Japan has made some errors in its diplomatic past, so has most of the countries that are judging Japan’s ability to exercise its own judgement of military decisions. As China improves its naval forces and the threat of the nearby Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s missile program ever increases, Japan is being pushed into a tough corner. Botswana feels a connection with the struggles of Japan at this point in time.

    If another country that is less developed than Japan, such as the middle-income nation of Botswana, were not allowed to have its own military even while its closest and strongest neighbors improved their own armed forces, what would the international community have to say about that? If Botswana were under that stress and a large and powerful country was looming with strong intentions of seizing Botswana’s land, it would be cruel to tell the nation of Botswana that they are not allowed to fight back as this stronger nation overtakes them. While Japan can defend themselves with the Self-Defense Forces, the actual legal parameters of its existence is questionable.

    The United States has been a long time partner of Botswana ever since 1966 when Botswana gained independence from the United Kingdom. Botswana continues to support the United States in their efforts in East Asia, but hopes that they will consider how it will affect Japan if they were to take some or all of their troops out of South Korea while Japan is unable to properly defend itself against the nearby force of DPRK. As long as Japan is in that situation, it would be unfair to leave them without an ally who would strike against the perpetrator of a gruesome attack. Botswana hopes that the United States is able to see Japan through the lens of the Botswana perspective when considering taking their troops elsewhere than the Republic of Korea and in the future when the topic of letting Japan create an offensive military eventually comes up.

    If Japan is allowed to keep the SDF, Botswana also wishes to address the possibility of Japan adapting those forces to be offensive as well as defensive. That question has been on the minds of the rulers of not only the nation of Japan, but of the rulers of other nations for over half of a century. Botswana would also like to see the United States decide on whether or not they shall fully remain in the Republic of Korea, or if they will remove any or all of the troops that they have there. That will undoubtedly weigh into the committee’s decision of if Japan shall be allowed to have their own offensive military.

    In committee, the Republic of Botswana looks forward to addressing not only the situation regarding Japan’s military and if the United States will keep their troops in the Republic of Korea, but how the international community is going to attempt to keep peace in a region that has not seen armed conflict since the Korean War in the 1950s. Botswana hopes to accomplish creating a resolution that will reduce the tension between the main parties involved in East Asia. Any resolution that the committee manages to pass will no doubt be from the strong effort of nations collaborating in an attempt to find a solution to these difficult questions.

    • K_botswana2017
      K_botswana2017 November 22, 2017 Reply

      The name of the delegate of Botswana in DISEC is Kayla Fleishans.

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        K_botswana2017 November 22, 2017 Reply

        Kayla Fleishans is from the delegation of Botswana from Royal Oak High School.

  • Agoldenberg276
    Agoldenberg276 November 14, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    The Republic of Serbia
    Delegate: Alex Goldenberg
    Tensions are rising in Eastern Asia due to disagreements on how to deal with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear program. Also China claiming the United State’s action of their recent deployment of a THAAD anti-ballistic-missile system in South Korea is a way of weakening China’s own nuclear arsenal. Also Japan is recently wanting to leave the Japan’s constitutional commitment; therefore, allowing the military to participate in offensive military operations. This however, raises caution for China and South Korea which have experienced what it is like being under Japanese imperial power.
    In 1970 Yugoslavia signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). NPT is the international treaty with the effort to stop countries from using nuclear weapons and technology. In 2002 Serbia started the Vinca Institute Nuclear Decommissioning (VIND) Program. Vinca Institute Nuclear Decommissioning Program researches nuclear physics. Nuclear physics have led to the application of nuclear power. Serbia is allies with China and has a embassy in Tokyo, Japan. Serbia doesn’t want tension between the two countries to cause unease and ruin relationships between them and Serbia.
    Being allies with both China and the United States, Serbia understand both countries opinions on the DPRK nuclear program. However, Serbia recognizes if DPRK continues with the nuclear program, then it could lead to destruction to it’s neighboring countries. Serbia believes DPRK must stop the program to avoid destruction that can be caused from their nuclear weapons. Serbia also agrees the United States should set up the THAAD anti ballistic-missile system in South Korea to prevent North Korea from advancing anymore in its nuclear program. If the United States is involved with Japan comes up with an agreement that Japan’s Self-Defense-Forces participating in offensive military operations is to only help with the country’s defense than Japan should be able to modernize its military. Serbia is hoping to work with the countries China, the United States and Japan in solving this problem.

  • Nzazvburg
    Nzazvburg November 15, 2017 Reply

    While it is human nature to stir aggression over disagreements and to become emotionally involved in our opinions and political views, we can still find ways to attenuate the conflict between us. A unified effort to ease the tension in the world would be a great use of resources, however, this may create problems for smaller, poverty-stricken nations like Greece, and many others. Our government has recently had a complete debt crisis, and may not have the funds to contribute to that effort. North Korea may pose a threat to the security of millions with the threat of nuclear fallout, but the threats can be stopped, if not through pressure and negotiation, by other means. In Greece, we don’t back down from the antics of other leaders, and we strongly believe that the nations of the world have to band together to stop these out of control leaders. A regional security apparatus may not be the best option for the world due to the fact that it is difficult for smaller countries to get involved, and the United States would inevitably run it due to its world police initiative. We would love to help the U.S., but as a recently bankrupted country, we do not have the resources, In DISEC, we need to keep peace in the world by other means, if possible. The representation of smaller countries would be minuscule in an international coalition. However, regulations to protect against conflict of interest could keep a balanced effort against hostile powers. If DISEC decides to create a unified effort to ease tension, it must be fair, and smaller nations must be equally represented.

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    Laura Lynch November 15, 2017 Reply

    FROM: Cuba
    SUBJECT: Security Cooperation in East Asia

    The problem of tension caused by collision power is not foreign to the international community. China is rapidly gaining clout and has become a modern global power within East Asia, a region already dominated by several sources of international power now threatened new regional authority. That in mind, the area has struggled with power concentration previously, along with the push and pull of imperialistic forces. This has only furthered tensions in a multitude security issues. The goal of this committee is to stop the cycle of imbalance before the potential held by said tension embodies itself.
    The Republic of Cuba understands the dire need for equilibrium in the region but understands it will not come easily or without compromise. Cuba understands the complexities of this issue after witnessing the harmful effects of disequilibrium first-hand during the Cold War, and the damaging repercussions that accompanied it. During this period, countries without nuclear power, or lacking great-power status, felt pressured to choose sides which caused an even greater strain. Effects of this era are still present today throughout the world. This situation has happened before, and we, as a committee, need to learn from the happenings of the past so that the same mistakes and divides of the past are not repeated in the future.
    This is a complex issue that will need to be broken down, and considering it as a whole will be ineffective. It’s important to the delegation of Cuba that the interconnectedness of nations is considered in all action. The committee must find a point of commonality in security in the region and build from that. It is also important we consider security issues that run deeper than disarmament itself. How can we as a committee begin to promote unification and disarmament for countries in the area?
    Our job is to provide regional solidity and a sense of equilibrium, not equality, in East Asia. The delegation of Cuba sees this as being viable in the future so as long as the committee recognizes the fragility of relations and that our interconnection cannot be ignored and therefore we shouldn’t let differences rip us into opposing sides. The Republic of Cuba hopes the resolution produced in our committee will bring a sense of calm to the region that has been absent.

  • Tvwestrick
    Tvwestrick November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and National Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
    Mr. Thomas Westrick

    Recent armament in East Asia has led to uneasiness in the region. Recently, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) claimed to have successfully detonated a thermonuclear bomb. According the the Japanese Defense Ministry, the test created a 160 kiloton explosion and caused 6.3 seismic tremor (according to the United States Geological Survey). Some suspect DPRK’s aggressions and nuclear program come from their need to deter any interference to get resource gifts from other nations. Meanwhile, South Korea was given new THAAD anti-ballistic-missile system by the United States. While South Korea claims that this system is was meant to defend against DPRK, the system angered China who saw it as a means to weaken China’s nuclear arsenal. In the South China Sea, more tension has arisen. China has begun expanding its military reach by building man-made islands in its self-proclaimed 9-point line. This upset other countries in the South China Sea who have territorial claims within the United-Nations-set maritime borders. Furthermore, Japan is diverging from its constitutional pledge to pacifism because the United States’s protective role in the region is unsure. The overall tension in the region needs to be dealt with by this committee.

    Afghanistan has economic and political ties to both China and the United States so it is in our interest that they cooperate. According to Liu Zhenmin, the vice minister of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “no country would want to see confrontations between [the] U.S. and China because… impacts will be felt across the world.” As a result, strongly desire for the sovereignty of each both China and the United States to be respected and for tensions in the East Asian region to be mitigated. In relation to North Korean aggression, we wish that North Korea would stop threatening South Korea, a country we are developing positive political relations with. Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs has “regard[ed] using most types of weapons of mass destruction as contrary to the international norms.” Also, our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our former president Hamid Karzai have promoted that “peaceful future for our world lays not in the clash of civilizations, but in ‘cooperation among civilizations.’”

    In order for that to happen, Afghanistan would support and write a resolution that pressures South Korea, North Korea, United States of America, China, Japan, and Russia to restart the six-party talks they ended in 2007. These talks discussed issues pertinent today and would be valuable to restart. North Korea backed out of these talks and restarted their nuclear program back in 2007, but if nations across the world gave extra support to DPRK, they might yield and rejoin. Further, Afghanistan recommends that the United Nations resolve to protect North Korea’s sovereignty from foreign forces. North Korea seems to be motivated by fear of attack and continues its nuclear program to deter its enemies. Reinstating the six-party talks would help communication between these countries and help security cooperation in the region.

  • Schmlea
    Schmlea November 15, 2017 Reply

    The Pacific Forum CSIS program on Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific is organized around its membership in the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). Formed in 1993, CSCAP promotes regional security through dialogue and collaborative study group projects focusing on policy issues related to security issues of common concern among its 20 member committees (Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, European Union, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, North Korea, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam). Pacific Forum CSIS serves as the secretariat for the US CSCAP member committee. The network of officials, media, military, and academic representatives that make up the membership of CSCAP provides Pacific Forum with an opportunity to influence attitudes and debate in the region on a range of foreign policy issues.
    Our utmost concern for the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons’ use underpins our efforts for effective progress on nuclear disarmament. Italy is committed to creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons, in a way that promotes international stability and is based on the principle of undiminished security for all.
    Italy attaches fundamental importance to the immediate commencement of negotiations without preconditions of a Treaty dealing with fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. Pending the entry into force of such a Treaty, we call upon all concerned States to declare and maintain a moratorium on the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons.

  • MedFrezghi
    MedFrezghi November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and National Security Committee
    Security cooperation in East Asia
    Medhanie Frezghi

    Security cooperation in East Asia has been disrupted over issues arising in China, Japan, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. North Korea’s growing arsenal of nuclear weapons has become a growing threat after its first test in 2006. Five other nuclear tests have shocked the region since then, including a test on September third of this year. On August 29, 2017, and September 15, 2017, two missile tests were conducted over Japan, inducing fear and high-security tension in the region. By conducting these nuclear tests, North Korea has alarmed Japan; a major export partner of Indonesia, as well as many other countries of the world. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), an antiballistic missile system in South Korea implemented by the United States, is also causing regional security competition: as China perceives the system as a threat and attack on its own nuclear arsenal. Another threat that is generating tension between China and Japan are territorial disputes, as each nation tries to gain territorial control of the Senkaku and Diaoyu Islands. The depleting relations between China and Japan, due to the previously mentioned security tensions, combined with territorial disputes, has caused Japan to heighten its consideration of abandoning its commitment to pacifism which would allow the country’s military to participate in self-defense and offensive military action. Indonesia, as one of the five founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and also a signatory of the ASEAN Declaration, would like to see improvement in security cooperation in East Asia in order to further unify the region. Indonesia supports the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to work to encourage cooperation between its member states in the Asia and Pacific region.

    Indonesia is strictly against the use of nuclear weapons, it is a signatory of the Southeast Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone, or the Bangkok Treaty of 1995 in which state parties are obliged not to develop, manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons; station nuclear weapons; or test nuclear weapons anywhere inside or outside the treaty zone. Also, The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Directorate of Multilateral Affairs seeks to stabilize and enhance international cooperation of peace and security. Indonesia is also a signatory of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests In The Atmosphere, In Outer Space And Underwater, also known as the Partial Test Ban Treaty (PTBT), and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Most recently, Indonesia is a signatory of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, signed on September 17 of this year, but which is not yet in force. With these treaties and resolutions, Indonesia aims to keep regional and international security through limitation and eventual disarmament of nuclear weapons.
    In order to improve security cooperation in East Asia, the threat of nuclear weapons must be resolved and confidence in the region must be restored and strengthened. Indonesia proposes that Japan continues its commitment to pacifism, in order to reduce tension between the nation and China and also to prevent the rise of another nuclear power in the region. Additionally, China and Japan must participate in open dialogue to settle their territorial disputes diplomatically over the Senkaku and Diaoyu Islands. In the case of North Korea, restrictions and trade bans with this country must be initiated in order to cut off the trade of nuclear weapons materials. The United Nations must also work on passage of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in order to end nuclear threats of all kind and promote cooperation and peace between nations. By these actions, China and Japan will have lessened tensions and North Korea’s nuclear arsenal will diminish.

  • E.l.i.z._44
    E.l.i.z._44 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: Disarmament and International Security
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Country: Ethiopia
    Delegate: Elizabeth Vredevelt

    Growing unrest in the Pacific, specifically East Asia, not only impacts immediate countries, but the threat of violence and unrest loom over every nation, regardless of geographic location. Aggressive military actions in international waters and controversial nuclear programs are of particular concern to our sovereign nation. Ethiopia stands in full support of the UN and is in favor of peaceful solutions to stability.

    Ethiopia believes nuclear weapon disarmament is a necessary part of the path to resolving the present security situation. As the DPRK increases hazardous, nuclear weapon production in direct defiance of United Nation treaties and resolutions, peaceful countries like Ethiopia are left in limbo. Because nuclear waste is not confined within man made borders, this opens up the possibility of uninvolved nations being at risk of nuclear contamination and civilian injury. A signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) since 1970, Ethiopia is a recognized Non-Nuclear Weapon State (NNWS). Unlimited production of these arms is unacceptable, let alone the testing of them. Ethiopia has complied with and supported United Nations sanctions of countries carrying out such tests.

    As a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, Ethiopia is not formally unified with any major power bloc, and is concerned over certain nations’ increasing dominance in the East Asia region. Ethiopia would like to ensure fair access to important trading passages such as the South China Sea, in addition to exclusive economic zones established in the UN Law of the Sea Convention. Through diplomacy, disarmament and protection of international waters, Ethiopia hopes to promote stability in the East Asia region.

  • Jackson_W_Bush
    Jackson_W_Bush November 15, 2017 Reply

    November 13th ,2017
    Submitted to :DISEC
    From : Tajikistan
    Subject : East Asian Security

    Throughout the ages the Asian region has been atone to many times of instability i look back to the Cold War. When countries were split on the lines of Communism or Anti-Communism. During that time many brutal acts were committed in the Asian Region of the world. More recently the region has seen threats from Nations making nuclear warheads. As well as Nations taking land from established borders. Borders which have been ratified by the United Nations. As well as in the region the japanese prime minister wants to abolish Japan’s SDF ( Self defense force ) so japanese soldiers will be able to help the United nations in Future conflicts all across the world. Another thing causing a bit of Instability in the region. Is sense the end of the Cold war in the early 1990s which saw the collapse of the USSR ( Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) commonly referred to as the Soviet union. Left a power vacuum in asia as well as the entire world. Countries like the Russian Federation, The People’s republic of China , as well as the DPRK ( Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ). Are trying to fill this vacuum.

    The Three most important pressing issues that are concerning the Nation of Tajikistan are as follows. Number one does the United Nations ATT ( Arms Trade Treaty ) hurt smaller nations while larger arms companies in large countries can pretty much sell wherever they want ? The second issue concerning Tajikistan is . How can the United nation stop and prohibit the Political and military expansion by larger nation into smaller nations ?The third pressing matter is . How can countries with lower level military equipment defend themselves without putting forth UN troops into the countries ? Some solutions to the issues the Nation Tajikistan would like to put forth to be put in a possible resolution. is as follows for issue number one losing restrictions on smaller nations buying the conventional weapons which stated in the UN’s Arms trade treaty stated in article two are as follows
    (a) Battle tanks
    (b) Armoured combat vehicles;
    (c) Large-calibre artillery systems;
    (d) Combat aircraft;
    (e) Attack helicopters;
    (f) Warships;
    (g) Missiles and missile launchers; and
    (h) Small arms and light weapons.

    The nations of Tajikistan would like to see an easier process in buying arms sense the nation of Tajikistan is in need of new military equipment. Even though our army is doing a great job we would like to support them by arming them with the best weapons money can buy. so the Army of Tajikistan can defend its own border with the best weapons we can buy. As well we would like an easy on article 8 of the ATT which makes it harder for a state party to import armaments. This regulations saying that a state party cannot important any conventional arms Tajikistan would like to decrease the amount of regulations making it easier to buy armaments. Final thought if the United Nations lets large nations sell weapons more freely than why is the a Arms Treaty at all. On the second issue that was addressed Tajikistan would like the UN to watch the expansion of Larger nation such as China’s expansion into the South China Sea or the Russian expansion into the Crimean regions in Ukraine an idea is having Inspectors with peacekeeper in this nations to make sure the conflicts end protecting a country’s borders set by the United Nations . The Nation of Tajikistan would like national border to be protected. On the third issue Takistan would like the United nations to send military advisers from nations to teach the men and generals. Things like tactics, Use of modern weapons, make sure training of soldiers is up to date. As well as other military needs of the country the adviser is in.

    In conclusion the nation of Tajikistan would like to thank the United Nations as well as other nations of the world to consider the important issues impacting the nation of Tajikistan as we hope we can work together to solve this conflict.

    • Jackson_W_Bush
      Jackson_W_Bush November 23, 2017 Reply

      Jackson Wicka the delegate from the nation of Tajikistan from Royal Oak High School

    • Jackson_W_Bush
      Jackson_W_Bush November 23, 2017 Reply

      Jackson Wicka the delegate from the nation of Tajikistan from Royal Oak High School

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    Ruark Wicka November 15, 2017 Reply

    Submitted to: Disarmament and International Security Committee
    From: The Republic of Chad
    Subject: East Asia Security
    The Republic of Chad sees the multitude of crises in East Asia as similar to its own experiences in many ways. Chad currently is facing severe a economic crisis because it is close to many dangerous nations and there is civil turmoil in the nation as rebel groups have threatened the legitimate government of Chad. Chad also sees the power vacuum that is now in East Asia, with China, Japan and North Korea struggling to become the dominant force in East Asia, as the vacuum in Northern Africa fight amongst themselves for dominance. Chad sees that Japan is being threatened by North Korea, as shown in the recent missile strikes over several Japanese islands and even the mainland. Chad realizes the need of countries to be able to fight off foes adequately, but also sees that relations between countries can quickly sour if war starts between nations. Chad sees diplomacy and trade relations to be an effective way to have a compromise to this issue.
    Chad first asks the question of why countries are hostile to each other? Knowing first hand of the struggle for power in its own region, our country knows how other countries will try to undercut each other in order to gain dominance, but also knows of cooperation. Chad has worked with its neighbors, Benin, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria in fighting against the Boko Haram, with 8,700 troops for all five nations working together to find a common ground. Chad sees no reason why the same approach cannot work here. Chad also realizes that economics play a major role to play in strengthening economic relations between other nations. The simple fact is that why would you bomb your neighbor if they are giving you gold. We ask instead of nations that why can we not work together to using diplomacy and trade agreements to foster better relationships. On the issue of Japan shedding of the pacifism of its constitution and creating a conventional military Chad applauds this decision. Time and time again has Chadian soldiers have needed to be called upon to restore order to the nation, and they have always served with great distinction.
    To become more reliant and words and dollars rather than bombs and shouts Chad promotes economic incentives policy. Lower income countries in East Asia will be helped by higher income countries to develop the infrastructure and materials needed to send resources out of their country and then circulate throughout Eastern Asia, allowing all countries to benefit from trade and be less focused on threatening each other. To ensure that the funds are actually spent on infrastructure and extracting resources, an audit of the trade programs will happen every year, and if the money is being spent wrongly, that country will be held accountable to it. Along with this trade policy a conference between the nations of North Korea, China, and Japan should be held in an attempt to work out the differences between them and work on a more common goal.
    Chad looks to the example of trade agreements helping relations improve relations between countries, the U.S and Mexico tightend trade between the nations after NAFTA, and Mexico became the third largest trading partner to the U.S and the U.S became Mexico’s largest trading partner, showing how trade brought the nations into better economic relations with little reason to be hostile towards each other.
    Chad is confident that cooler heads will be able to prevail and is hopeful that all delegates will work together and ask one basic question of each other. Why can’t nations work together to solve their problems not as foes, but friends?

  • Isaiah_Daik
    Isaiah_Daik November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Topic:Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Delegate: Isaiah Daik
    School: Williamston High School

    One of the most important aspects of the security of East Asia lies in the increase of aggression from North Korea. With recent nuclear testing and belligerent missile launches, the regime threatens to destabilize the entire world. Nations including Japan and South Korea have been heavily impacted through the shows of force, and have begun military mobilization of their own. While other nations in the area are suspected of ignoring United Nations resolutions and continue to trade with The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea. Despite United Nations Security Council resolutions North Korea continues to use the little money gained from trade to further their nuclear program. The United Nations must determine how to defuse rising tensions without destabilizing the region any further, while also holding nations accountable for disregarding United Nation’s security council resolutions.

    In addition, Denmark has been closely involved with the state of security of East Asia. The Danish government has condemned all past North Korean acts of aggression and is in full compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions 2321 and 2371. Denmark complies with European Union sanctions in response to threatening missile launches by participating in the total ban of European Union member state investment in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Additionally, Denmark follows the European Union’s complete oil embargo. Moreover, Denmark also participates in military drills with the United States and South Korea in order to help prepare for an armed conflict in the area. Denmark will continue to support international law, and will continue to contribute its resources to help further the goal of peace.

    Denmark believes that in order maintain the safety of Asia and the world, the United Nations must take greater steps to facilitate peace. While the United Nations must make it clear to the world that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s actions are unacceptable. Denmark strongly believes that organizations such as the European Union should continue to levy sanctions against North Korea, including the recent oil embargo. Harsher sanctions must be implemented, while other nations that may provide an economic lifeline to the regime must be held accountable for putting the world in jeopardy.

  • November 15, 2017 Reply

    Iraq is greatly opposed to IEDs and believes that they need to be handled with utmost care and caution.

    The problem is that non-state groups get their hands on these ‘homemade’ bombs and can plant them like landmines, making it incredibly hard to clean and find creating a danger for everyone. These bombs kill civilians and combatant meaning they are a problem for everyone. No one is really safe from these because they are hard to spot and disarm.

    Iraq agrees with many countries that money should be spent on finding and disarming these terrible bombs. Be it by increasing military search parties, or funding AIEDs to help neutralize the bombs.

    Iraq hopes that in this conference the UN can allocate money to searching for and disarming these IEDs by using the aforementioned ideas

  • Anishpremkumar
    Anishpremkumar November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Anish Premkumar

    The East Asia region is facing a plethora of traditional and nontraditional security problems: conventional and nuclear armament, territorial disputes, resource conflicts, major power rivalries, natural catastrophes, piracy and more. The territorial conflicts in the South and East China Seas are only one small part of the security challenges facing East Asia. The traditional and nontraditional security problems are the: nuclear proliferation that North Korea has cuased, conventional arms build-up, crossborder crime, terrorism, diseases, natural catastrophes and others. World War II and later military conflicts in the region continue to have an effect on relations today. And some countries have yet to conclude peace treaties.

    Historically, Australia has supported the regional unity of the ten Southeast Asian countries. By doing so, we hope to prevent the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that have territorial disputes with China from becoming isolated. The ASEAN countrie are trying to keep both China and the United States involved in the region in order to avoid having to decide between the two. Australia also has a close relationship with the United States and has never been seriously called into question. Australia has sent troops to every war waged by the United States in recent decades, from the Korean War (1950–1953) to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Australia also actively supported the US-led air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) in 2014. Since United States foreign policy under President Obama shifted its focus to the Asia-Pacific region, relations with Australia have increased immensely. When Obama visited the country in 2011, he announced that he would increase the number of US marines stationed in Darwin by 2250 troops. Which has caused better security for Australia as a whole but not the Asian continent.

    Australia supports the United States in prioritizing peaceful solutions of the disputes and having freedom of navigation in the region. Australia wants no intention to either get involved in the disputes or take a position on them as well. Australia wants to see a treaty pass in which all countries abide in.

  • LukeWassink
    LukeWassink November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Luke Wassink

    As conflict in East Asia grows among world powers including Japan, South Korea,
    China, as well as the DPRK, Israel realizes that it is becoming increasingly important that agreements as well as solutions are presented to avoid nuclear conflict. The threat posed by North Korea as a rogue, nuclear state is unmatched. Indeed, it may possibly threaten the entire well being of South Korea, Japan and China alike. Instability in East Asia threatens Israel as well; North Korea aided Egypt in the Yom Kippur War. These hostilities are carried over to today, when North Korea arms Syria, Libya, Iran, Egypt, and possibly Hamas, according to Israel’s delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The growth of North Korea’s nuclear program is especially concerning to Israel, in that it often cooperates with Iran, a state that has repeatedly threatened Israel as well as one that is anti-semitic. In fact, an advancement in Iran’s nuclear program suffered a large setback on September 6, 2007 when several North Korean workers were killed in Iran while constructing a nuclear reactor, showing cooperation. North Korea, along with any Iran and its allies, threatens the well being and safety of countries all around the globe, and with an expanding nuclear program, it becomes Israel’s concern that Iran could begin to possess powerful nuclear weapons through North Korea. Thus North Korea’s developing a nuclear weapon program strengthens an axis of evil: Hamas-run Palestine, Iran, and the Syrian government. Japan’s departure from pacifism doesn’t especially concern Israel, because it helps stabilize the region by equalizing power in the region.

    Israel has indirectly responded to the security threats in East Asia through bolstering relations with countries which stand for democracy and humane values. The aforementioned delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency has urged efforts against North Korea in order to stop their weapon program. Israel has also offered Japan cybersecurity services in order to better stand against hostile threats. Israel does not see a major threat in the growth of Japan’s military program. Countries hostile to Israel tend to be hostile to Japan as well, but allied with North Korea and never hostile towards China.

    As delegates of their respective nations meet in late November, Israel finds it important that the issue of North Korea is promptly addressed. North Korea’s growing nuclear program severely threatens other East-Asian countries as well as Israel, so Israel finds it very important that DISEC is able to severely slow North Korea’s nuclear program, find a legitimate compromise that ensures North Korea’s nuclear program is contained, or effectively place sanctions on North Korea, Iran, Syria, and other perpetrators of anti-semitism and the destruction of western values. Israel would approve of more condemning North Korea for developing a nuclear weapon program, and it would like to see Iran receive condemnation for cooperating militarily with North Korea.

  • Hiomio123
    Hiomio123 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Mallory Snyder

    The State of Qatar feels very strongly that a peaceful agreement between all parties involved needs to be reached. The ongoing stability of the region should be a high priority for all parties involved. Qatar is currently at war with ISIL, and as a country at war, maintaining peace is one of our country’s main focuses. When a diplomatic crisis arose between Saudi Arabia, its allies, and Qatar, we did everything in our power to resolve the crisis before it could escalate.
    The situation in East Asia between Japan, China, and surrounding countries is only becoming more dire. Japan, a long peaceful country, is considering removing restrictions that would allow it to aggressively militarize. China is rapidly increasing the size of its military and DPRK is rapidly gaining more and more nuclear technology. We believe that open dialogue and partnership is necessary to retain peace between countries. For example, Qatar has had a longstanding relationship with the United States and United Kingdom, and this partnership has resulted in military victories in combatting ISIL and other extremist groups throughout the middle east.
    In regards to DPRK, Qatar believes that nuclear warfare is extremely dangerous, especially in the hands of an unstable country. DPRK’s nuclear program has recently become a huge threat to nations across the globe. It should be remembered that the very first resolution passed by the UN general assembly dealt with limiting access to the newly discovered “atomic energy”. On the seventh of July of this year, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons passed, a document which plans to enforce the elimination of nuclear weapons altogether. Qatar voted wholeheartedly for this treaty, and we hope in the coming months that discussions open over the adoption of this treaty in member-states. This treaty is the first step towards achieving peace, especially in East Asia.

  • Srees1
    Srees1 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Sreevas Ramakrishnan

    Security cooperation in East Asia falls behind different types of regional cooperations. According to the article, Tomorrow’s East Asia, the relationships among China, Japan, and the United States—the most powerful and effective security players in the area—represent this broad pattern of extensive economic interaction and limited security cooperation. The East Asia region is facing a prolific number of traditional and non-traditional security problems such as conventional and nuclear armament, territorial disputes, resource conflicts, major power rivalries, natural catastrophes, and piracy (Gudrun Wacker). China plays a special role: the nation’s economic growth, its military modernization, and its foreign policy stance have led different nations in the Asia-Pacific area to see it as a danger. The Chinese Communist Party utilized its energy in the Middle Kingdom, but after its war years, China was not prepared to use its power in the region. By 1950, the People’s Republic of China was prepared to back the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea. With the United States helping the Democratic Republic of Korea in the South, it set the stage for the Korean War. East Asia is home to an intricate web of multilateral associations. The most essential are formed around the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) part states; this intergovernmental organization was created on August 8, 1967 (Security Cooperation in East Asia).

    Although Iceland doesn’t play a significant role in the security cooperation of East Asia, the region has made foreign ties with Asian countries and voiced their opinions to the public. ASEAN has cooperative peacekeeping mechanisms pre-dating the end of the Cold War and wanted to deepen and widen security cooperation in the 1990’s. North Korea’s nuclear development efforts have arguably served as a principal incentive for expanded security cooperation in Northeast Asia. Iceland supports tougher sanctions against North Korea after the wake of the latest nuclear bomb. According to the Iceland Review, Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs harshly censured North Korea’s experimental nuclear test; the minister said the Icelandic government is against all usage of nuclear weapons and will lobby for decreased usage of such weapons internationally. He also encouraged all nations to unite and fight against all nuclear armaments. In a country whose economy thrives on trade, Iceland realizes the importance of peace and security and how it is vital to profitable business interests. The conflict in East Asia will not only affect Iceland but the trading partners of the country. This would affect the global economy because a crash in trade would result in worldwide ramifications such as a recession.

    Iceland proposes that the United Nations impose stricter bans on North Korea. In order to prevent the development of hazardous nuclear weapons in DPRK, the UN should enforce restrictions on the movement of materials overseas. Since China is North Korea’s largest trading partner, Iceland suggests another solution; this solution calls for China’s sovereignty from the UN. In a country that flourishes by trade, Iceland knows the firsthand consequences it would face if there was a conflict in the security cooperation in East Asia. In order to prevent this, the UN can extinguish any disputes between countries in East Asia and try keeping them all united and politically stable. A resolution that advocates for a combination of strategies to prevent North Korea’s nuclear development and increase security in East Asia will protect all civilians making the global world a safer place.

  • Adeperno037
    Adeperno037 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Anthony DePerno
    Mattawan High School
    The People’s Republic of China
    DiSec-Security Cooperation

    The recent international political climate regarding East Asian security is perhaps the most dramatic this world has seen since the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. It is clear the United States and other western imperialist nations have evoked a mud-slinging campaign against many east Asian nations, the DPRK and the People’s Republic of China in particular, in regards to our nuclear capacity and armed forces. The United States has even gone as far as installing anti-ballistic-missile systems in other less developed nations (such as the Republic of Korea) in the hopes of weakening and drawing legitimacy from China’s own nuclear stockpiles.

    The People’s Republic of China recognizes this recent change in regional security cooperation, yet this changing regional security architecture is not completely by our design. China has solely reacted to the grasps of the United States and other western nations at the national sovereignty of East Asian nations, again, such as the DPRK and the People’s Republic of China. The People’s Republic of China has had no choice but to increase both our Navy and land forces to prepare for any unwarranted stunts or attacks at our national sovereignty by western imperialist nations.

    Yet, this is not the only aspect of the recent change in regional security that concerns us. The recent actions of Japan, with their calls for an abandonment of their long-held pacifist principals and the expansion of their Self-Defense Forces is of grave concern. Japan’s uncalled-for and unwarranted need to react in proactive measures in terms of their military is, simply put, unnecessary. The People’s Republic of China sees this as an issue; it will cause regional tensions over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands to escalate far beyond where they are now. This is a statement we believe the Republic of China and South Korea will agree with.

    In the eyes of the People’s Republic of China, the solution to the issue of the THADD missile system conflict is clear; anything less than the removal of the THADD system would be unsatisfactory. This is an issue that the People’s Republic of China is not willing to compromise on. But as far as Mainland Japan’s desires to abandon pacifism and focus on a proactive military build-up, we hope this committee will recognize this stunt is unnecessary and will only result in further tensions between East Asian nations.

    The People’s Republic of China hopes that the Disarmament and International Security Committee of the United Nations recognizes the negative international ramifications that a resolution unfavorable to China will cause, and will move to resolve this issue swiftly in order to avoid further conflict.

  • 14682
    14682 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: DISEC
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Country: Jordan
    Delegate: Alex Linn

    Throughout the 20th century, conflict has arisen in the Asian region. With with Japan causing conflict in their support for Germany in WW II; Russia focusing on Eastern European countries after the crumble of the USSR causing power vacuums through central Asia that the United States intervened; and North and South Korea fighting and causing conflicts with China and United States supporting each side respectively, conflict in Asia has continuously risen through the 1940’-2000’s. However, conflict has not stopped in East Asia as North Korea continues to progress in their nuclear program with the United States opposing their advances. Additionally, China is continuously adding to their ever growing military, building a large navy to compliment their large land force. The United Nations has to now attempt to solve the ever growing tensions between the powerful countries and avoid the potential conflict brewing in the East Asia region.

    Jordan has a commitment to peace, stability and moderation. As a major non-NATO ally, the country of Jordan will support the United States in their dealings with North Korea. With diplomatic relations established in 1949, the United States and Jordan share the goals of a lasting peace in the Middle East and an end to violent extremism that threatens the security of Jordan, the region, and the regions around the world. Jordan has contributed to numerous peacekeeping missions around the globe, with several being outside the Middle Eastern region playing a larger role than our resources and size would dictate. These regions, such as Angola UN Angola Verification Mission I (UNAVEM I), established on 20 December 1988 to verify the redeployment of Cuban troops northwards and their total withdrawal from the territory of Angola in accordance with the agreements between Angola and Cuba, Jordan contributed a total of 152 personnel in attempts for peace in the region. North Korea is threatening the security of the regions surrounding and Jordan will stand to oppose this threat to the Eastern Asia region by supporting the United States on their opposition to North Korea.

    Jordan believes the United Nations should support the United States in their dealings with North Korea. Additional sanctions should be made to North Korea and those who support their regime. The top priority for the United Nations should be to resolve the conflict in a peaceful and respectful manner. However, if this is not possible, the United Nations should support the United States in their opposition. North Korea threatens the peace and regions surrounding them. They deal with their citizens in an un-humanitarian manner and can not continue to progress in their nuclear advancement. Should North Korea become the power nation dictating the actions of the East Asia region, they will spread ideals and practices that oppose the United Nations purpose. Therefore, Jordan urges all nations to support the United State’s opposition to North Korea and attempt to stop them from growing in power.

  • Hdavidson032
    Hdavidson032 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Hunter Davidson
    Mattawan High School
    DiSec–Security Cooperation
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    As all of the esteemed members of this noble committee know, there is no black or white solution to the security crisis in East Asia. Throughout the decades, we’ve bore witness to a multitude of proposed solutions–more recently plans like former President Obama’s “pivot to Asia,” a stance that the Trump administration has surprisingly followed in the footsteps of despite Trump’s fiery rhetoric towards East Asia on the campaign trail. With China becoming a more formidable potential opponent by the day, and North Korea continuing to teeter on the edge of nuclear war, now is the time for action.
    Obviously, Vietnam and America have had more than a tumultuous history; however, we find that America and their allies tend to share Vietnam’s priorities–notably, action limiting China. While our relation with China has improved since border wars in the late twentieth century, we are still suspicious of some sort of underlying motive. On the same note, intervention is direly needed for the situation in North Korea if we wish to avoid escalation into nuclear war. As tensions heat up, outside assistance is necessary.
    We, the nation of Vietnam, propose a moderate, yet low tolerance, outside intervention plan for optimal East Asian security. Without the lack of a true authoritative influence, both China and North Korea have an inflated sense of self. Nobody wants large-scale conflict in East Asia, yet an imposing military presence from the United States and Japan, among others, is necessary to keep the peace in the East. Vietnam does not advocate for un-provoked conflict, but this matter and solution needs to be a priority for this committee.

  • Atv2301
    Atv2301 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Andres Tamayo

    The situation in East Asia at the moment is an uneasy one. With the recent developments regarding the Nuclear situation in North Korea, tensions run higher than ever, with all eyes in the Korean Peninsula. Although Argentina has no direct involvement with the situation in East Asia, Argentina full heartedly supports global peace and will back any country which Argentina sees that shares the same values. At the current moment Argentina would like to take a neutral stance as it has major relationships with both the U.S and China that seem to be two main powers in the region.

    Argentina has taken no action in regards to the situation in East Asian mainly because of it’s lack of involvement and geographic separation of the area. Argentina would like to make clear that it will not support any nation that goes against UN policy and against global peace. Argentina does have a major trading relationship with the amount of exports sent to China by argentina amount for US$5.796 billion and the amount of imports from China by Argentina are even greater at US$7.649 billion. In total exports with China amount to 78.7% of Argentina’s total exports. Argentina also has a trading relationship with Japan, although very minor compared to that with China, in total exports with Japan amount to more than US$608 million and imports from Japan amounts to US$734 million. Argentina also has a major relationship with the U.S, which not geographically present in East Asia, is a major power in the region. The U.S is argentina’s third largest source of import and fourth largest export source imports amount to US$9.9 billion and exports amount to US$4.5 billion.

    Although not geographically present in the area Argentina has major relationship in East Asia and its countries as listed previously. Argentina wishes not to severe any of these relationships as they are an important part of the Argentinian economy, but would like to make very clear that Argentina will not support any country which the UN and argentina believe has violated any kind of human rights and any UN security rule.

  • Zabada46
    Zabada46 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Countering the Threat Posed by IED’s
    Zakarya Abada

    Improvised Explosive Devices(IED’s) have led to the death of many innocent citizens around the world and are a main weapon of use for terrorist organizations such as ISIS. They threaten the peace in our country as well as our world as a whole. These landmines hidden beneath the ground are responsible for 63% of coalition deaths in Iraq and they are also used by rebelling groups in Afghanistan.We have had lasting issues with cluster bombs and munitions. Between 1970 and 1995, there were 120 cluster bombs imported into Honduras. We understand firsthand the dangers of bombings on innocent citizens. IED’s also have been jeopardizing innocent lives in Iraq and Afghanistan for over a decade. Terrorism is continuing to spread around the world which will lead to the spread of use of IED’s, only risking further lives.

    Honduras believes IED’s should never be used because of the danger of bombs falling into wrong hands. IED’s are very strong threats to world peace. Syria and Iraq are two countries in the Middle East who are known for their widespread use of IED’s. The lives of their citizens are in constant danger. Honduras has previously signed the Cluster Munition Ban Policy, hoping to eliminate cluster bombs around the world. Honduras played an active role in the creation and ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munition, hoping to follow after the Mine Ban Treaty’s idea to completely prohibit any use. Honduras also signed the Mine Ban Treaty that prohibited landmines with no exceptions. With IED’s becoming a similar threat around the world, Honduras is fearful of the drastic consequences it can have on any nation and pursue complete restrictions.

    We have not done enough to stop IED’s from being the international threat they are. A similar convention as the ones involving the Cluster Munition and landmine issues must be established. Counter-IED efforts need to continue being funded in order to strengthen our intelligence about the issue. As we learn more, we can adopt new ways to neutralize and prevent IED’s. Honduras strongly urges the world to not only become more aware of these apparent dangers, but also attempt to make changes to the these concerns, as it is our job to protect the world we live in. We need to pursue the destruction of terrorist organizations, organizations who first implemented IED’s into unearthly acts. Changes must be made fast, or people will continue to die around us.

  • Zabada46
    Zabada46 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Zakarya Abada

    East Asia happens to be in a large security crisis the past few years. China has many disagreements with Honduras’s policies. China has been continuously strengthening its military in hope to become a Sinocentric order in the region. The pursuit of complete control over the South China Sea disrupts not only world trade, but the equality of naval rights for the bordering countries. They currently contain the largest military force with almost 3 million personnel, capable of domination. China’s chase to an autocratic world power not only affects neighboring countries, but countries around the globe. Economically, nations around the world could suffer if China were to spread their wings with no impact from outside countries such as Honduras.

    Honduras is against China’s hope to economically monopolize the East Asian market. Complete control for China could lead to issues with the United States economically, which would then affect Honduras. Honduras and the United States are integral parts of the Dominican Republic-Central America FTA(CAFTA-DR). Our free trade relationship with several other neighboring countries and the United States would be negatively impacted by China if they take control. Honduras is at an all-time high crime rate: 85.5 murders for every 100,000 people. With increasing gang incidents and kidnappings, danger follows residents who use public transportation, or even walk out at night time. Debt amounted to 41.49% of Honduras’s total Gross Domestic Product(GDP) in the year 2016. Honduras lacks the funds to support anti-crime campaigns, as well as the police force to restrict the crime occurring in the country. A successful economy is an extremely significant aspect of repairing our country. In hope to secure Honduras’s financial improvement and ultimately, their success, China must be contained in its efforts to disrupt world trade.

    Honduras urges East Asian countries to decline peaceful trade agreements that leave China too powerful. Central American countries, including Honduras, as well as the United States, must be a part of discussions because of the direct and indirect effects damaging economic success in the West. Honduras urges trade agreements splitting territory and naval rights between all Southeast Asian countries over the South China Sea. These will equally protect each nation’s economic success and leave no issues in this dispute, leaving us to focus on even larger issues plaguing the world.

  • Michaelvickrum
    Michaelvickrum November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Council
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Karthik Vuyyuru

    Tensions have been on the rise in East Asia between Japan and China. As China and North Korea made an alliance, many countries, big and small, have been on their heels to see what is going to happen next. China also is causing problems for other countries with the South China Sea problems by taking over islands that are also claimed by other countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. While the United States has been active in this region, they are on the fence with this issue because a few shots fired in the wrong direction can lead to a new devastating war. The US however seeks to keep their bases in both South Korea and Japan. The United States has also recently decided to agitate China by deploying new anti-missile systems in South Korea. Japan also would like to go on offensive military policy after years of being on the defensive. Burundi truly would not like to see more war within our own country and also in the world. While this topic is not as important to Burundi, we would like to preserve peace among the world.

    Even though this topic is not an issue in Burundi, we would like to see the maintenance of peace in East Asia. While fighting wars of our own against rebel groups, Burundi has realized the importance of peace across the world. We also do not want to get involved this issue because the fight is too far away to be pertinent for Burundi and Burundi has no resources left to maintain peace after constantly fighting against rebel groups. Overall, we wish to not get involved in any further conflicts, and all we seek for is peace throughout the whole world.

    Burundi would like to make a recommendation to bigger countries involved in the East Asia conflict: preserve peace at all times. Because of the high amount of nuclear weapons in store in the countries at talk, another world war could be at risk if shots are fired. Even though Burundi overall does not have any say in this conflict, Burundi would like no further deadly wars.

  • Samrechner
    Samrechner November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation In East Asia
    Sam Rechner

    International tension continues to escalate in response to a slew of reasons. North Korea’s (DPRK) growing nuclear arms program. The 15 ballistic missiles tested have also increased political turmoil, especially in South Korea and Japan. Although experts originally believed North Korea’s nuclear program to be growing at a dismal rate, the North-Korean-claimed “hydrogen bomb” test on September 3rd proved otherwise. At 8 times stronger than the 1945 bomb dropped on Hiroshima, the missile seems to have somewhat legitimized North Korean threats. As a result, the United States (US) responded with heavy economic sanctions and has urged allies to do the same. Although sanctions to disarm nuclear programs have been proven effective on Iran, North Korea’s have not. Because North Korea’s regime has such power over its people, sanctions have mainly increased a dependency on the Regime for resources. The United States has also deployed a THAAD anti-ballistic-missile system in South Korea. Although the system provides South Korea with much needed security against DPRK missile strikes, China, the DPRK’s largest ally, remains skeptical and considers the United States action a surreptitious attempt to weaken its own nuclear capabilities. US-China conflict has also resulted over artificial islands in the South China Sea. Building these make-shift islands to house airstrips, radar arrays, and other military projects has greatly increased Chinese military power. China is also able to collect an estimated 11 billion barrels of South China Sea oil, which can be used to fuel their fishing industry, the world’s largest with nearly $20 billion in exports annually. Yet, these islands spark debate, for the South China Sea is considered one of the world’s largest trade routes; of the $5.3 trillion dollars worth of shipping passed through the sea each year, $1.2 trillion of it belongs to the United States. The increased Chinese military presence on international trading routes is seen by many countries, including the U.S, as hostile. Conflict in East Asia has also stemmed from Japan’s wish to rethink its constitutional commitment to pacifism. The move would allow the country’s military, now called the Self-Defense Forces, to participate in offensive military operations.

    The country of Bolivia hopes to diplomatically solve these tensions through negotiation. Although the actions of Kim Jong Un and the Regime are greatly unlawful, unhumanitarian, and unjust, Bolivia understands its wish for nuclear independence. Although the stern words and actions of U.S President Donald Trump have reflected a combative mindset, Bolivia recognizes the U.S frustration towards an uncompromising DPRK. War must absolutely be avoided, yet if immediate diplomacy cannot be reached, Bolivia understands that sanctions must be placed to limit Regime funding. The Bolivian government also hopes bilateral consultations and peaceful negotiations can help solve issues involving the South China Sea. As Bolivia grants continued economic cooperation with China in the South China Sea, it also hopes for partnership between China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to increase trade, improve economy, and accelerate industrialization.

    Bolivia aims to improve security in East Asia. It is suggested that The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) first urge East Asian countries to strengthen trade agreements, reaffirm China’s role in mediating US-DPRK tension, and increase sanctions on the DPRK if nuclear testing continues. Bolivia also understands Japan’s wish to pursue offensive military options, yet expects the process to be strenuous (including a majority approval by GA members).

  • Timhealey
    Timhealey November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Topic: Security cooperation in East Asia
    Country: Algeria

    In the 1990’s Algeria was faced by jihadists and the North Koreans helped, In 1958 North Korea was the first to accept Algeria as an official country. Algeria and North Korea have kept these strong ties throughout the years and Algeria wants to continue these relations. The delegates of Algeria are open to mediating between Pyongyang and Seoul, to reach a peaceful solution. Currently the DPRK have been threatened about their growing army and the UN wants to cancel all trade to them, China has backed DPRK as a trading partner.
    Algeria believes the best way for security in East Asia is to solve it diplomatically, there is no reason for any type of violence to break out. Algeria can act to solve the issues and they are willing to cooperate with other countries to come to a peaceful solution. North Korea is a valuable ally to Algeria, Algeria will not break ties with them even when the United States of America pressures Algeria to end their connection with the DPRK. America also is a huge trading partner with Algeria leading to 12.6% of Algeria’s exports to the United States of America. Algeria also have very strong relations with China with 7.65 billion dollars in imports with China causing a tensions between Japan and South Korea. Japan and Algeria only have fine relations due to Algeria’s natural resources. Algeria’s connections with the DPRK does not hold back our trade with other southern Asian nations.

  • Ellastauffer
    Ellastauffer November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Ella Stauffer, Forest Hills Northern HS
    As of now, security in east Asia is very questionable and to be quite honest, kind of a mess. America’s commitments are unclear, both China and the DPRK gaining military strength by the day, and Japan becoming restless. It is our job to reduce tensions and restore equilibrium throughout the world.
    With the high stakes in east Asia,Bangladesh is concerned about the security challenges, environmental change such as increased flooding, the inability of the government to handle to spread of infectious diseases and also poverty and terrorism.Bangladesh is a developing country, so all of these problems that would/ are going to occur pose as a major threat to us. China has helped to build our military since 2002, so we’re close allies with them.
    Bangladesh signed resolution 58/62 which tried to solve the problem of new security concerns and disarmament issues that were emerging in east Asia at the time. This was signed during the General Assembly. Bangladesh, along with 4 other countries is apart of the ARF. Overall, there hasn’t been many resolutions concerning this issue, so Bangladesh is open to hearing new resolutions.
    Bangladesh believes basically whatever China believes. Unlike other smaller countries, Bangladesh doesn’t see China as a major threat, but rather as an ally. Any resolution or idea that China has, Bangladesh most likely will agree with it.

  • FDuong
    FDuong November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: Disarmament and International Security
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Country: Republic of Korea

    The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) was established in 1993 with the goal of maintaining peace and cooperation in the Asia Pacific. Sadly, over the years, East Asia has become an increasingly dangerous region due to its many conflicts. Japan and China are feuding over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is threatening the safety of the region. The United States of America has helped the situation in the past, but with the switch to Trump’s Administration, policies must be adjusted.
    The Republic of Korea (ROK) was birthed from the division of the Korean Peninsula. ROK is deeply invested in this topic, as it greatly affects our people. After DPRK’s withdrawal from the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in 2003, they have conducted six nuclear tests. Each test is more and more hazardous, and ROK is constantly threatened by our neighbor. We fear for our safety. Though the United States’ Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system’s deployment has strained some relations, the THAAD system helps us maintain our citizen’s security.
    Above all, the Republic of Korea simply wants peace and stability in the region. While we would support sanctions, we also believe in stresing non-tolerance of nuclear programs. Also, ROK would be open to hosting peace talks to foster diplomatic relations. A continuation of the Six-Party talks would be supported, and we are open to dialogue. We push for strong efforts towards a path to denuclearization to ensure a safer region for all. Citing President Moon Jae-in’s “Berlin Initiative”, ROK will walk to peace if others will walk the right path as well.

  • SydToles
    SydToles November 15, 2017 Reply

    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Delegate: Sydney Toles
    School: Williamston High School

    Tension within the Eastern part of Asia is at an all time high. Though East Asia only contains six countries it boasts five countries that are ranked within the top 30 largest militaries in the world. Two of the six countries hold ranks in the top five, these countries being China and North Korea. It comes to no surprise that two countries with very few diplomatic relationship and the have the biggest armies in the world being allies is quite troubling to many nations. In every news outlet you see tweets from United State’s president Donald Trump speaking publicly about the United States shaky relationship with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The statements from Donald Trump along with the pre-existing tension in East Asia between the DPRK, PRC, and Japan have caused stressed in the international community and created speculation that we may be approaching a major world war.

    This issues is no longer just an issue in just East Asia due to the fact that the countries in conflict are some of the biggest militant countries. I think disarmament for the countries whose militaries population is not equal to their population is necessary and will be most effective. It has become a back and forth battle between the countries trying to create the biggest military. This materialist competition between the Eastern Asian countries is doing nothing but heightening the tension.

    Ranked by the Peace index system Portugal is ranked the 3rd most peaceful nation. Portugal stresses the importance of resolving issues with as little military force as possible. We desire a solution that is peaceful and does not infringe on any nation’s national sovereignty and that will provide security to the other surrounding nations that military conflict will not break out.

  • Nadirh
    Nadirh November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Mr. Nadir Hamid

    With the Republic of Turkey’s security being threatened by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, many concerns about the topic of Security Cooperation in East Asia have been brought up in the Turkish government. Turkey, being preoccupied with countries in the west such as the European Union, will have to rely on its eastern allies such as China with its allies in the west, to solve the crisis that is occurring in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In such a time when the Republic of Turkey’s security is being violated by the overall threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons, Turkey primarily looks to China to make decisions regarding topics on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea nuclear development programs. Decisions made by the United Nations on North Korea affects Turkey in one way or the other, therefore if the North Korean Regime decides to use its nuclear weapons, terror and disaster will ensue. According to a statement from the Turkish government on July 27, 2017, it reported that “North Korea had violated the UN Security Council resolutions and disregarded its international obligations by conducting ballistic missile tests.” The United Nations and the Disarmament and International Security Committee needs to get involved by creating resolutions that are carried out by the Security Council immediately before this disaster strikes the world.

    The Republic of Turkey wants to see this issue fixed by obtaining the end result, peaceful relations between all nations. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the foreign minister of Turkey, said in a message, that the North Korean regime “having conducted its second ballistic missile test within one month, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to flagrantly violate United Nations Security Council Resolutions and to disregard its international obligation.” By stating this message Turkey is threatened and needs to formulate resolutions limiting what the North Korean Regime is capable of doing. Apart from this, Turkey does not want the North Korean and American disputes to create even more conflict between these two nations as it will soon involve other nations if the dispute continues. The looming threat of nuclear war affects everybody, therefore the Republic of Turkey needs to address this issue and implores the United Nations Security Council to treat the threats arising in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Without a doubt, it appears that the end result needs to be peace and that is why Turkey chooses to interfere and wants to see solutions being passed to combat the nuclear threats that the North Korean regime is displaying.

    By addressing this issue on the highest level as it deals with nuclear threats, the Republic of Turkey plans on assisting our allies and formulating multilateral agreements between, South Korea, China, and Japan. Turkey also believes that China will be able to help east Asia maintain security, therefore Turkey does not want sanctions to be placed upon them. In Beijing “Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that his government would treat threats to China’s security as threats to itself.” This displays Turkey’s reliance on the People’s Republic of China to provide security both ways. The Republic of Turkey continues to condemn North Korean missiles as they pose a threat to Turkey’s sovereignty and will work with countries in the east and west to see resolutions passed to combat these issues.

  • Charlie_Buckley1
    Charlie_Buckley1 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Country: Canada
    Committee: Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Delegate: Charlie Buckley
    School: Williamston High School

    East Asia has been wrought with an unprecedented amount of war and conflict over the past 12 decades. Many of these conflicts are from one nation exploiting other nations perceived weaknesses, such as when Japan invaded China early in the 20th century or when North Korea invaded South Korea only 5 years later. These events of unprecedented magnitude in Asia are still felt today with the ever growing divide between Koreans, and the bitter resentment of the Japanese by many Chinese and Koreans alike. These long standing tensions in the region have traditionally erupted into open conflict as shown throughout the Cold War. Although since the end of the Cold War open conflict has been on the decline in the region and tensions are also generally going down across the board. Despite these moves in the right direction, recent events are reversing this progress and could lead to yet another East Asian conflict, perhaps bigger than the last. However, it does not have to be this way. Despite all of these hardships and deprivation, East Asia has been a place of rapid economic and developmental growth since the end of World War Two, and currently it shows no signs of slowing down. This is all a result of intercontinental cooperation, which despite North Korea still threatening South Korea and China claiming parts of the East and South China Sea, the region has been able to flourish with relatively little regression.

    Since Canada is not situated in East Asia we have largely been unscathed from any direct conflict in the region. However we have sent regiments to fight in Korea, as well as a detachment of Canadians as part of a United Nations relief effort in Vietnam in the mid 70s. Despite this, Canada has always favored diplomacy over conflict, and such a foreign policy has lead Canada to be very successful on the world stage. We voted in favor of the recognition of the People’s Republic of China to replace the Republic of China in the United Nations, we also refused to enter Vietnam along our traditional American allies. In actuality, the last time Canadians fought in East Asia under their own flag was World War Two. However in this ever so globalized world that we find ourselves in, it is harder and harder as the years go bye not to be affected by a conflict even if it is half way across the world. This is shown in every potentially hazardous situation on the continent, in the South China Sea international shipping lanes are routinely threatened by China’s ever growing presence in the region. Slightly North, China is again pushing its borders outward as they target Japanese islands off the coast of Taiwan which threatens Canadian-Asian partnerships across the board. Lastly but certainly not least, the North Koreans are gradually improving their nuclear and ballistic missile technologies, which will soon be within striking distance of the Canadian East Coast. Despite North Korea repeatedly saying that they don’t consider Canada a threat, and even requesting to build an embassy in Canada, Canadians still feel less safe each day North Korea gets closer to possessing nuclear first strike capabilities.

    Canada is under the firm belief that tensions in Asia can only be resolved through a balanced policy of the containment of aggression and global economic integration. The policy of containment against aggression has to be priority number one, this can and should be implemented in three stages. First, anti-missile systems should be expanded and improved across the board throughout Asia, Oceania and even as far as Canada. Second, large scale military exercises should be conducted in and around Korea, Japan and the Philippines to show that military aggression by foreign powers will not be tolerated. Lastly, NATO should consider expanding into East Asia and Oceania by adding Austrailia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. The second half of Canada’s goals can be accomplished through two phases. First, further talks and summits need to be held between nations so as to possibly find common ground, and it is advised that a nation with traditionally good ties to all sides be chosen to host the talks such as Germany and or Canada. Second of all will be further integration of global economies, this will cause both increased economic progress between nations, as well as increased co-dependency which will create a further atmosphere of dependency, which in turn will lead to lower levels of conflict. Canada expects support from many current NATO members as well as South Korea, Japan and the Philippines.

  • Alexa.banning23
    Alexa.banning23 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Country: Burkina Faso
    Committee: DISEC (GA)
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Delegate: Alexa Banning
    School: Williamston High School

    The most compelling issue relating to the topic is the aggression between various International community. Since Japan committed to becoming an international military power, East Asia has been a hotbed of regional security competition. During the 20th century the United States was the primary power. President Trump has stated in recently discussions and continues to express how biased he is about the alliances of the regional security commitments. Because of this statement and other arguments it is in question whether US military installations in Japan and South Korea will be maintained or ever return to their original relations. There have also been tensions between Japan and China who are fighting for island that they want to claim as their own. The tensions between these two countries has lead to hostilities. In the past decade China has been building a more modern and stronger Navy.

    Burkina Faso would like to make it so that people focused on them along with other small countries not just larger powers. Burkina Faso established relations with South Korea in 1962. Burkina Faso has a great interest in solving the security Cooperation in East Asia crisis. They would like to work with other countries to find a peaceful resolution. Burkina Faso is a former French colony, and the name means for the “Land of Incorruptible People”. The people of Burkina Faso have had a past of strong security around their border and continue to. They are a landlocked country in West Africa.

    Burkina Faso plans on solving this dilemma and a peaceful and nonthreatening way. They feel that they can resolve this difficulty is by getting assistance from other countries and working together to solve it. They believe that peace is the best way to go and should not create any more violence over this. Some countries Burkina Faso would be eager to work with are the United States, France, Asian countries, and African countries.

  • Clanglinais320
    Clanglinais320 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Islamic Republic of Iran
    Caleb Langlinais

    Although the issue of Security Cooperation in East Asia only takes part in one region of the world, this is still very much an international issue. The economies and destructive capabilities of these countries play a major impact in world politics. Perhaps even to the severity of the Cold War, this issue needs to be addressed and resolved in a peaceful manner.

    Unfortunately, some countries that have intervened so far, came into the region, looking for war and unrest within this region. By running military drills in the ocean off the coast of East Asia that are clearly supposed to act as a scare tactic, have lowered themselves much lower than the countries they claim are dangerous to the world. Donald Trump, the devil’s spawn, has threatened Pyongyang and their civilians, proving that the United States has less regard for the lives of innocent civilians in East Asia and the rest of the world than a potential security threat. Therefore, America needs to back away from an issue that they have only provoked and made worse, much like they have within the Middle East through provocation.

    The Islamic Republic of Iran looks forward to working with level headed countries to solving this tension within the region. We would look favorably upon an agreement between bigger countries in the region (China, Russia, Japan, DPRK, South Korea, etc.) to work together for the betterment of their countries and the safety of the world. However, Iran will not put up with the United States or their western imperialism that they insist on spreading throughout the world. Because of this, Iran wishes to see the United States take their missiles out of Japan, South Korea, and the ocean nearby East Asia. These actions would help this issue resolve itself, due to less provocation and purposeful tension.

  • Qatarfanclub79
    Qatarfanclub79 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Oriental Republic of Uruguay
    Mohamed Malik
    Grand Blanc High School
    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia

    Many countries around the world, particularly those in East Asia have seen many great devastations occurring as a result of lack of Security. Times such as the cold war was a time when tensions were lower and the impending doom of security breaching was quite low. However in more recent times, Countries like DPRK have shown their power. Nuclear weapons have been a hot topic of the past few decades and countries like North Korea are starting to stray away from the common good and are now doing their own thing.

    Seeing as Uruguay is in south eastern region of south America, many would say that this issue does not affect us. However some of our allies, Such as the United States, are in fact in danger. Countries going rogue and not following set guideline put in place by the United Nations can and will have serious consequences for us all. If we do pass some sort of an amendment that protects all nations, then we will be at a great risk. We need to ensure that all countries feel as though they are safe and do not need to worry about foreign powers attacking them.

    The republic of Uruguay believes it best to create a multi tiered comprehensive plan that benefits all nations. No matter if you are little or small, we all deserve the right to rest easy at night knowing that we are not in danger. While it is not entirely feasible to restrict and ad all military grade weapons being used unlawfully, we can try and make sure that these nations know what the true repercussions are.

  • Paigeelliott
    Paigeelliott November 15, 2017 Reply

    South Africa
    Paige M. Elliott
    Grand Blanc High School
    Disarmament and National Security Committee (DISEC)
    Security Cooperation in East Asia

    There has been a lot of trouble circling relations between Japan, China, and The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. China has let go of its hand from the United States, as its military has become noticeably powerful. Since the cold war, nuclear weapons have been a constant threat and possibility in many countries like Japan and DPRK. It is inevitable that conflict is tensing, but efforts must be in place to reduce the risk of a disaster occurring.

    As South Africa is not in East Asia, we do not take part directly in the conflict. China and South Africa have political ties that are growing closer. Japan and South Africa also have good relations, as we have been great trading partners for the last 103 years. Even in DPRK, South Africa has a friendly relationship in government. With that being said, South Africa will not be taking sides. We will stay neutral. We will not be taking any specific sides in this conflict.

    This is an issue that we cannot let simmer for much longer. What the delegation of South Africa will be doing, is staying out of much conflict between the countries. We will be in support of a resolution that caters to all parties, and that will reduce conflict between the countries. Drawing opposing troops from countries with conflict could help the rising tension between countries. We are looking forward to helping the countries in East Asia resolve this issue.

  • Roypapps91
    Roypapps91 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Sophia Papp

    The current rising tensions and unique circumstances in Southeast Asia have the potential to cause disruption and even hostility worldwide. Recently, North Korea has made a point of showcasing its nuclear arsenal, China has increased its military production, Japan has been put in a vulnerable position, and The United States have been vocal about their condemnation of the DPRK’s nuclear threat.

    Namibia, like most others, prioritizes avoiding conflict and resolving issues through diplomatic means. Historically, North Korea and Namibia have been strong allies, who’ve mutually benefitted from each other in business. While we, and all our African neighbors, disapprove of North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons due to the its inhumane and indiscriminate nature, we believe that this best not be met with more threats, sanctions, and weapons, but with the approach of making the DPRK an involved and committed member of the global community. As demonstrated by the American sanctions on Cuba during the Cold War, the effect is felt more by the undeserving people than a stubborn government. The DPRK’s nuclear testings have already been condemned, and at this point, we believe the only path to peace is through compromises. Other countries must understand the threat to power Kim Jong-un must feel, and that from their perspective, brandishing their nuclear arsenal is the only way to secure their seat as a world power, and to prevent The United States from one day coming in to enforce their own policies, as they have a history of doing so.

    Namibia also values their relationship with the United States, and has looked up to the US as an example of democracy while founding our own government not too long ago (1990). We are partners in the effort to improve health services, strengthen education, enhance the judiciary, and expand trade and development opportunities. We plan to work alongside the US to neutralize the DPRK’s nuclear threat while respecting their own sovereignty and values.

    Additionally, Namibia will support its allies China, Japan, and South Korea in all efforts to patch up relations between these countries. We hope that actions made will not be to deter or temporarily contain a threat, but to change the dynamics of the whole situation. We support a suspension-for-suspension proposal, whereby North Korea would suspend its nuclear and missile testing in exchange for a suspension in military exercises by American and South Korean forces. If the freeze-for-freeze holds for say, 12 months, more extensive talks could begin. This would cover talks on economic development, trade development and financial integration. The U.S. could propose four-power talks between China, North Korea, South Korea; Washington could also propose the beginning of talks to negotiate a peace treaty, and move towards the normalization of U.S.-North Korean relations. The third and last phase would address denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. If this were to occur, Japan would not feel the push to install a THAAD-like defense system or move from pacifism. Another important factor is including North Korea in politics and trade, so that it does not have to depend on its nuclear weapons to gain respect and avoid being attacked. Similarly to our own country, if others traded and did business with the DPRK, it would eventually move away from communism and even possibly authoritarianism.

    A strong resolution, one which Namibia would support, would consider diplomatic means to tranquilizing the North Korean threat, and move all countries away from militarism. By reducing tensions and improving the relationships of the East Asian countries, we strongly believe the need for militarization will naturally dissolve, and new economic opportunities for all nations will become available. Namibia looks forward to compromising on a strong resolution, and working with all the members of DISEC for a safer, more peaceful world.

  • Chriseyke77
    Chriseyke77 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Country: Germany
    Committee: Disarmament and International Security
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Delegate: Christopher S. Eyke
    School: Williamston High School

    Due to the conclusion of the Cold War and the beginning of the twenty-first century, East Asia is seeing a resurgence in political maneuvering and competition between countries in the region. The countries–China, North Korea, South Korea, and Japan– are now engaged in several disputes that threaten to destabilize the region, with the root of the disputes deeply entrenched in historical conflicts of the past. The most pressing issue threatening regional and international security is North Korea’s establishment of a nuclear weapons programme. In October of 2006, North Korea conducted a nuclear weapons test and announced their intentions to become a nuclear armed state, a flagrant violation of the Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula which the country signed banning nuclear weapons testing. Since then, North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong-Un, conducted 15 known missile tests in 2017. In response to the tests Japan, South Korea, and their allies, namely the United States, have spoken out against the “rogue regime [North Korea]” by calling for the complete dismantling of their nuclear programme. Additionally, the situation is becoming more volatile due to threats being exchanged between President Trump of the US and leader Kim Jong-Un of North Korea. Furthermore, Joint US-Korean military drills, the deployment of US aircraft carrier attack groups, and the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system around the Korean Peninsula have angered North Korea and have made their main ally, China, concerned over the US’ military presence in the vicinity. Other problems that need to be addressed include territorial disputes between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, as well as representation for other entities in East Asia.

    Looking at security cooperation in East Asia, Germany is in a unique position to assist in deescalating tensions in the area. Although Germany strongly condemns North Korea’s actions and their nuclear weapons programme, foreign relations between the two countries remain present. Having a history with communism, Germany first exchanged embassies with North Korea during the Cold War under the East German government, and then once again in 2001 under the current Federal Republic of Germany. Notably, the country is one of only five European nations that have full diplomatic relations with North Korea. During the summit between the EU3 plus 3 and Iran that resulted in the Joint Comprehensive Deal of Action, commonly known as the Iran Deal, Germany played an integral role in mediating the talks, something that will be helpful if talks with North Korea take place in the future. In addition to their relations with North Korea, Germany also has strong relations with Japan, South Korea, and China; the three East Asian countries combined buy more than EUR 100 billion in German exports. Moreover, German-Japanese relations strengthened after both countries signed a defense cooperation pact in July of 2017, with the goal of increasing security in the region. However, despite Germany’s extensive relations in East Asia, more diplomatic actions need to be taken in order to prevent instability in the region.

    With the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the need for security cooperation in East Asia is as important as ever. The threat that North Korea’s nuclear proliferation poses to the greater Asia-Pacific area, and the world, needs to be dealt with diplomatically and in a manner that does not end in conflict. To do this, several things must happen. Firstly, the Trump administration must come up with a clear and reasonable policy concerning North Korea and needs to commit to diplomatic cooperation; without this, negotiations with North Korea will be unlikely. Secondly, talks similar to the ones that ended with the Iran Deal need to take place between North Korea and the EU3 plus 3, preferably led by Canada and Germany. Thirdly, current United Nations (UN) Security Council sanctions pertaining to North Korea must be enforced, as they are legally binding under Article 25 of the UN Charter. Fourthly, all UN member states must respect international law and rulings handed down by courts, such as the the international tribunal in the Hague which rejected China’s territorial claims based off of artificial islands. Lastly, China and Russia have a responsibility to do everything they can to dissuade North Korea from a path of escalation, and should take a more active role in diplomatic discussions. Germany expects to work with the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, other European Union member states, and potentially China and Russia on reaching a comprehensive solution to the various issues at hand.

  • Ctkramer
    Ctkramer November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: DISEC
    Topic: Security Cooperation in Southeast Asia
    Country: Pakistan

    Pakistan received independence in 1947 from British India and joined the United Nations the same year. As a new independent country, Pakistan attempted to form bonds and relationships with other nations.

    Pakistan and Japan have had strong bonds dating all the way back to 1951 when Pakistan waved off ideals of war at the end of Japan’s war to help build Japan’s economy. Pakistan was known as the ‘tower of strength’ during this time in San Francisco and this was significant to the relationships that are still held between us and Japan now.

    More recently, after 9/11 during times where great economic pressure was being stressed on us, Japan-Pakistan security links were converged as Japan realized how beneficial Pakistan links are for a multitude of reasons, again strengthening the bond.

    Because of these reasons, Japan is highly in favor of security cooperations in favor of ourselves and maintaining our bond with East Asian countries, such as Japan, which are highly important for us.

  • Davisbr
    Davisbr November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Brandon Davis

    The longer we wait, the threat of a perilous conflict grows greater. The situation in the East Asia region can still be resolved but will need full support due to the fact that multiple countries are preparing for war whether it’s expanding their armies, developing nuclear technologies, or taking a combative stance. The pressure in relations involving multiple asian countries, such as china with the United States of America or with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with practically the entire East Asian region, is growing.

    Cambodia believes that security cooperation is essential for the humanity to go on as there are very dangerous threats that lie in the hands of countries who have had unpredictable track record in the past. DPRK’s nuclear program is the main concern of this in this current age. While Cambodia does not support this, we are hesitant to cut ties to the country due to national interest of our country, balancing the relationships with international community. The other nations who are involved in various conflicts have good relations with Cambodia, as we have diplomatic relations with most other countries. As with China’s issues, we are in full support of them to an extent. If they are promoting any type of conflict we will not appreciate that as it goes against the national interest of cambodia, but besides that we will continue to support out acquaintance due to our strong ties. Cambodia has already conferred with other countries such as Vietnam, Laos,and Myanmar about cooperating on security by not letting any hostile forces and crime organizations to harm security and order in each country and actively contributing to their nation’s’ economic development.

    In order for all this to happen ,multiple finalizations will have to be reached. The countries who are acting super aggressive won’t necessarily have to stop but will have to do it in a more reasonable fashion by not acting like there is not a major war approaching in the near future. Regarding the DPRK nuclear arms situation, while we don’t support it , we cannot stop them from furthering their development of their weaponry. If these certain parameters are reached then the East Asia region will be safe once again.

  • Antonyehoffman
    Antonyehoffman November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee–Disarmament and International Security
    Topic–Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Delegate–Tony Hoffman

    The Security Cooperation in East Asia has been a controversial topic for many countries due to their ties with nations involved in the upheaval. Ever since the creation of the nuclear bomb, countries have been in a lot of commotion due to its power and the impact it would have on the world if one were to ever be used again. The only way to solve this nuclear and warbound effort is through a diplomatic disarmament solution.

    Attempts to come to a consensus between the US, DPRK, PROC, DRK and Japan have been anything but successful. Disarmament between these countries is desperately needed so the disagreements will, in the hopes of Yemen, diminish. By prolonging this consensus, the countries are becoming more and more hostile towards each other. Yemen does not have nuclear reactors and lacks other significant civil nuclear capabilities. We also lack nuclear weapons due to the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons treaty (NPT) and highly suggest that other countries follow suit so tensions cease to exist making East Asia safer.

    Yemen is concerned about the recent events arousing from East Asia and the effects it would have on the world. Yemen believes the US is partially at fault as well as the DPRK. We propose that the US ceases to issue threats of war with the DPRK. We also advise that China remains peaceful unless direct force is initiated by Japan. This topic should be a priority of focus for our committee and hopefully a consensus can be attained.

  • Nicholas
    Nicholas November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and National Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    The Kingdom of Thailand
    Mr. Nicholas Jozef Juhasz Stoll

    The Kingdom of Thailand strongly believes that there needs to be increased security cooperation in East Asia in order to solve the numerous problems facing these countries. Currently, there are numerous traditional and nontraditional security problems threatening the governments and populations of this group group of Eastern countries such as Islamic Insurgency groups, a rise in the drug trade and drug trafficking, the Chinese super power which threatens to dominate the area, and North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons. Without a growth of cooperation between East Asia will continue to have problems. This topic is important to Thailand because as an East Asian country, Thailand is directly affected by the decisions made on this subject. Also, they have a major drug epidemic due to the rise of a new drug called methamphetamine or more commonly known as Yaba. Thailand has over 1.3 million people addicted to drugs or one in every fifty. Recently Thailand has been attempting to build relation with other Eastern Asian countries especially other Southeast Asian countries especially its neighboring countries of Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Myanmar. They have been doing this through making new agreements and Memorandums of Understanding.

    Security cooperation is a major issue in Thailand. Thailand’s policy on the topic is one of cooperation and determination due to the severity of the subject. Nationally Thailand has worked to solve its preexisting security issues in order to prevent the spread of Thailand’s current difficulties with a rise of crime. On an international level Thailand has signed many treaties and taken part in many conventions including, Agreement for the Control of Opium Smoking in the Far East, Southeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty, Cebu Declaration on East Asian Energy Security, Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts of Violence at Airports, Protocol amending the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. Also, they have used Memorandums of Understanding to make agreements with its surrounding neighbors. Thailand is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, International Organization for Migration, and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

    The Kingdom of Thailand would suggest the continued use of international cooperation to face the threats facing East Asia. Also, Thailand suggests increased border security because many Thai criminals escape justice by fleeing to other countries as well as drug traffickers managing to cross the border and bring substances to Thailand. This is especially true for Southern Islamic insurgency group members that commit crimes then flee into Malaysia and fund themselves through the drug trade and drug trafficking. Thailand would like the international community to donate funds to East Asian countries to prevent further spread of crime to other countries and criminals escaping justice. Also, Thailand would like the DISEC committee to condemn the drug trade and Insurgency groups as well as continuing to support the growth of relations in East Asia.

  • Naveedm
    Naveedm November 15, 2017 Reply

    Mahah Naveed
    Republic of Kazakhstan
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    The Republic of Kazakhstan has a long history with nuclear weapons. The effects of our neighbor’s nuclear test were devastating. The tests caused birth defects and many deaths due to cancer and other radiation related illnesses. This is why we have worked hard to remove nuclear weapons from our country and to adhere to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. We stand in solidarity with our ally, Japan, as the missiles North Korea has been testing have flown over Japanese territory. We believe that sanctions and communication between the powers in East Asia is the best solution to increased tensions in the region.
    We believe that opening a dialogue and introducing sanctions on trade with the Democratic Republic of Korea will encourage the nation to end its nuclear tests. We are strongly against the use and creation of nuclear weapons and hope that the DPRK will abide by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty after these steps have been taken. We believe that tensions in the region can be resolved if the DPRK agrees to get rid of its nuclear weapons and allows a dialogue between itself and its rivals to be opened. We also believe that the DPRK can put the fuel for such weapons to better use, and encourage them to use the fuel in nuclear power plants. However, if the nation continues to ignore the ban on nuclear weapons and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty we propose that sanctions be imposed on the nation. We also believe that increased communications with other powers in the region, such as China, will lead to tensions due to power imbalances to be resolved. Increased communication between smaller nations and larger nations will balance the powers present in the region, as larger nations will keep each other in check and may eventually establish friendly ties. Overall, we believe that communication and sanctions will lead to increased cooperation between nations in East Asia.

  • Bencentner5
    Bencentner5 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    The United States of America
    Benjamin Centner

    The development of new technologies has resulted in an increasingly globalized world. Trade has become more efficient, communication has become simpler, and standards of living have increased. However, the creation of new technologies has inadvertently led to an increase in international safety issues across the globe. Asia has never been at a larger risk. For nearly 70 years, North Korea has controlled its citizens through a regime of terror. Now, Kim Jong-Un, North Korean dictator, is attempting to infest Asia with his fear tactics: specifically, through his nuclear weapon program. Despite countless warnings, Kim Jong-Un continues to test lethal weapons in an attempt to capture the world’s attention. In mid September, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution enforcing sanctions against North Korea. By damaging North Korea’s economy, we can eliminate their ability to fund nuclear programs. However, the success of these sanctions are completely contingent on each country’s’ ability to aggressively implement them. The United States of America calls for more severe sanctions against this terroristic regime.

    North Korea’s reign of terror can only be stopped through direct action. More complete sanctions are necessary to eliminate funding. The current resolution will create a 30% decrease in oil imports by eliminating over 55% of refined petroleum products going to North Korea. The impact is simply not enough. We must bring the sanctions further. The People’s Republic of China plays a very large role in this crisis. North Korea’s economy is tethered to that of China. In 2016 nearly 90% of North Korea’s documented trade took place with China. In late September the Chinese government ordered North Korean-owned businesses to close, in an attempt to cut their foreign revenue. In October, President Trump applauded “China for breaking off all banking relationships with North Korea.” These are gradual steps in the right direction. Since 1950, the United States has operated under a near complete embargo against North Korea. The United States Department of State has placed North Korea on the “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list. Countries that continue to trade with this nation must cease immediately, for they are funding terror itself. The United States urges all others to follow in our footsteps and establish necessary measures against the security threat that is North Korea.

    The United States of America proposes that the UN drastically increases its sanctions against North Korea in order to establish peace across the world. Additionally, the United States implores all countries to carry out the sanctions swiftly. A grace period would only allow Kim Jong-Un’s terroristic regime to breathe a moment longer. In these times of fear, we must band together and look past the implications on our own economies. If a stronger response is not immediate then the wrong message has been sent. We do not intend to bleed out North Korea’s economy: we intend to kill it. In doing so, we can secure the safety of billions across the globe. If all else fails, the United States of America is thoroughly prepared to take militaristic action against the command of terror that is North Korea.

  • 24384
    24384 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and National Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Miles Frost Hunsaker

    On September 3rd of 2017, North Korea tested a nuclear bomb that was estimated to be three times as powerful as “Little Boy”, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. North Korea continues to increase their supply of nuclear weapons such as this one, and their advancement threatens the world more than it ever has before. In an attempt to protect themselves, surrounding nations such as Japan and South Korea accepted missile defense systems from the U.S., only to enrage China. Other steps have been taken to cut trades with the DPRK and set travel bans in place, such as in the case with the United States on September 1, 2017. Despite these attempts, tensions in east asia and the chances of war continue to rise due to the growing power of Kim Jong Un’s regime. Malaysia believes that instead of ignoring the problem or countering with force, all members of the United Nations must come together to enact strict sanctions on the DPRK and agree to non proliferation of nuclear weapons.

    Malaysia was trade partners with North Korea, as we imported iron and steel products from them while shipping rubber and various oils out. In more recent times, however, we have peacefully taken steps away from this country. For example, in January 2017, Malaysia was involved in the sanctions of the United Nations Security Council, calling for the ban of North Korean airline (Air Koryo) access to the country. After which, hundreds of Koreans working in Sarawak Malaysia were peacefully sent home. We are an example of what should be done, and how other members of the United Nations should treat the DPRK. We also manage to keep good relations and continue to trade with China, Japan, and the U.S., despite the issues they have with one another. Malaysia recognizes the dangers of the missiles and nuclear weapons being created, but urges the UN not to resort to war.

    Some progress has been made, as mentioned earlier, through the passage of trade sanctions by the UN. At this point, 80 to 85 percent of North Korean trade is done with China. As an ally, Malaysia urges China to follow suit in the attempt to prevent global catastrophe by limiting its trade with the DPRK until Kim Jong Un no longer dictates, and by signing the agreement on the non proliferation of nuclear weapons. Without the income of resources, the Un’s regime cannot grow in power. When completely cut off yet constantly monitored by United Nations, chances of a strike should plummet. Any country continuing to create these weapons of mass destruction would be treated similarly.

  • November 15, 2017 Reply

    Country: Iraq
    Asia has flourished because of the help from the world around it. It is because of this fact that Iraq believes that for now Asia should work towards autonomy while getting help from the outside world.

    The problem is that because of the cold war Asia has seen a power vacuum occur, since no one country has become the dominating country of the region. Only with the help of the United States could nation’s grow in both political and economic power. However, the rising power of the People’s Republic of China, and the US’ absence in the region has made people scared of the future of the area. What will happen to South Korea and Japan as the US leaves the arena.

    Iraq stands with the US leaving the region, as the countries should be able to fend for themselves. The US should not be responsible for other countries’ defense, however the US can help them however the countries should not rely on the US and its army on its own. They need to be ready for attack.

    Iraq would like to see money given to the countries in direct danger to the rising threat that is the DPRK , and countries currently dependent on other states such as the US, to build a military and train said military. Iraq would also wants to see increased awareness in areas where IEDs are commonly used.

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    Kathryn Chambers November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: Disarmament and National Security Committee
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Country: Saudi Arabia
    Delegate: Kathryn Chambers

    After the Meiji era (1868), Japan became an international military power, following the necessary steps to obtain it. Russia and Japan battled head to head for the remainder of the 19th and 20th century over the land in East Asia. However, the Soviet Union gained the most control over the region because of Japan’s loss World War II. Furthermore, the Soviet Union focused it’s time and efforts into Eastern Europe, leaving a “power vacuum,” which encouraged the United States to interfere. The Chinese Communist Party dipped their toes into the “conflict,” but were not powerful enough to make a footprint. By 1950, however, the People’s Republic of China was powerful enough to support North Korea on their reign of terror in the region. The Cold War years were somewhat uneventful from a regional security perspective. However, in more recent years, tensions have escalated dramatically and China is now the powerhouse of the region. The recent deployment of a missile system in South Korea by the United States has fomented anger from China, who argues that the system’s stated purpose of defending against strikes is a cover for their real motives (weakening China’s own nuclear arsenal). Overall, this leaves American objectives unclear, China gaining strength, Japan restless, and the North Korean nuclear program spreading across East Asia.
    China’s need for energy and oil and Japan’s lack of energy resources give them a reason to cooperate with Saudi Arabia. Yet, shared security concerns over Iran and desire for American investment will ensure the Saudis do not drift far from the United States. Saudi Arabia created these deals to ward off “Iranian economic encroachment,” in Muslim states. With the Saudi-Iran rivalry brewing because of the removal of nuclear sanctions, Saudi hopes these deals will favor Saudi trade with Asian partners.

  • Rashadabada
    Rashadabada November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Rashad Abada

    Finding a way to repair Security Cooperation in East Asia must be addressed in the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC). China, continuing to gain power internationally, is unsure of their objectives as tensions strengthen between China and the United States. Also, behind the shadows, Japan remains without action. North Korean nuclear power continues increasing pressure between all surrounding countries. These reasons explain why this topic should be addressed and solved as soon as possible. The Security Cooperation in East Asia reaches Norway’s curiosity because of possible nuclear war outbreak, from North Korea, backed by China’s power. They are not afraid to engage in combat as seen by the missles fired over Japan just months ago. Norway is a part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, (NATO) along with the United States. This allows Norway to give military alliance to the United States if North Korea provokes, or chooses to attack.

    Although this topic does not completely have to do with Norway, NATO has “collective defence” meaning that an attack against one ally is considered an attack on all NATO countries. Norway will supply troops to any countries who have an alliance with them. Along with North Korean attacks, Norway believes nuclear weapons deserve to be banned, and they have addressed this by establishing the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICANW). They believe “that any use of nuclear weapons would cause catastrophic humanitarian and environmental harm;” and “that there is a universal humanitarian imperative to ban nuclear weapons even states that do not possess them.” Norway hopes to achieve avoiding this harm by banning them from being used in war. Within the nation, Norway has not taken much action among their own countries legislation or citizens. Norway has only taken and addressed the issue on an international scale at the largest level. The ICANW does not have any specific speaker addressing the nuclear weapon matters, however it is collectively discussed and spoken of from their perspectives.

    Norway proposes, from past decisions, that nuclear weapons are banned from all countries to demolish any opportunity of causing humanitarian and environmental harm. The Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands issue should also be incorporated into Taiwan instead of China nor Japan due to their extremely short distance between the countries compared to being several hundred miles away from China and Japan. This also removes tensions between nuclear war against the United States and North Korea. It will be no longer necessary for China to “flex its muscles” by using their effective navy and modern army for any harm and only for future defense. This will restore equilibrium between the international communities. This will also prevent South Korea from needing to use the recently deployed THAAD anti-ballistic-missile system.

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    Caroline Munson November 15, 2017 Reply

    Country: Swaziland
    Committee: DISEC
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Delegate: Caroline Munson
    School: Williamston High School

    The tensions between East Asian Countries have risen greatly since the late 1800s. Between the Korean War, Cold War and WWII, the countries of Russia, China, Japan and North and South Korea have eagerly raced to improve their military standings to defend themselves against the others. Ever since 2013, when Xi Jinping took chairmanship of China, this nation has been developing a more active security policy. The authorities are reforming the People’s Liberation Army to increase its capabilities. This, along with the provocative nature of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the instability of South Korea (ROK) and the resistance by China and Russia to the presence of the United States in Asia, all lead to high tensions in East Asia. The South China Sea, the region’s most important trade route, has been the focus of many territorial disputes from the surrounding nations. The islands between China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines are being fought over for control. China is also building artificial islands and takes the existing ones as well to make ports and lighthouses. China justifies this by the right to economic zones around the islands but is not agreed with by countries other than the Philippines. The Korean Peninsula has had high tensions ever since the Korean War. The DPRK has been launching missiles and threatening countries like the US with nuclear bombs. In addition, China and South Korea are having deteriorating relations due to the ROK deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system that both China and Russia oppose. Because of this, China has imposed economic sanctions on the ROK furthering tensions in the region.

    Swaziland’s ties with countries of East Asia are limited to basic diplomatic relations with Taiwan and South Korea. Swaziland foreign minister met with that of South Korea and agreed to increase bilateral trade and expand assistance from the ROK to Swaziland in areas like education and technology. Swaziland is in full support as well with South Korea in that North Korea’s recent nuclear tests are concerning. The US has plans to sell weapons to Taiwan but China is deploying advanced medium-range missile systems in the Taiwan Strait. The missiles are capable of breaking Taiwan’s missile defense and can reach as far as Japan. However, communications with ROK has been difficult since the embassy in South Africa has closed. Swaziland did have diplomatic relations with the DPRK, as did many African countries but many have broken ties post Korean War. Swaziland is also discussing precaution with Russia in signing an agreement to cooperate in fighting terrorism and enhancing relations of military training, partially due to the increasing tensions within the area.
    Swaziland plans on keeping relocations with both Taiwan and South Korea during these times of increasing military powers. A famous rabbi in Swaziland, Natan Gamedze, expresses deep concern over the actions of the DPRK and pledges full support for the U.N. Security Council’s sanctions on Pyongyang. The nation of Swaziland promotes communication among members of the ASEAN, as all countries are increasing their military standings and ease tensions. As Japan is a main trading ally, Swaziland hopes to keep relations with them and impose sanctions to keep Swazi allies safe. Swaziland feels that sanctions are the only way to stop North Korea’s production of nuclear weapons, ease tensions and establish stability in the region. Swaziland believes it would work well with Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Burkina Faso in attempting to restore equilibrium to this region.

  • ZoeteweyA
    ZoeteweyA November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Abigail Zoetewey
    As tensions in North-Eastern Asia continue to rise the Kingdom of Sweden would like to consider a greater focus on negotiations between the countries involved. Sweden continues to be an advocate for coming to solutions through multinational cooperation in the region. It is important to address several issues in relation to the security of East Asia.
    For several years countries in East Asia have been divided by governmental systems and beliefs, and by past grudges retained from past wars in the region. During the second world war the Korean peninsula was occupied by Japan leading to complications in negotiations over several different issues. The People’s Republic of China continues to dispute ownership over Senkaku/Diaoyu islands with Japan. Along with the growing Nuclear power of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea these crises pose a threat to the unsteady peace of the region.
    Among these threats the biggest of these is the growing nuclear program of the DPRK. Sweden has strongly condemned the nuclear test explosions by the DPRK. However, Sweden believes that an important path to peace is negotiations between nations in the region. Sweden would like to call for the communication between China, Japan, and the Korean Nations on any disagreements they have.
    We call upon the DPRK to return to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty. Sweden believes that being a signatory in these various treaties would create a safer environment for negotiations for other issues in the region without the looming threat of possible nuclear devastation. Sweden believes that creating a peaceful discourse rather than acting spontaneously is the best course of action. The only path to permanent peace in East Asia is negotiations where solutions are reached that benefit all participating nations.

  • VMinka
    VMinka November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: DISEC
    Topic: Cooperation in East Asia
    Country: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
    Delegate: Victoria Minka

    The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has always stated that our interest in developing a nuclear weapons program is purely for self-defense and is provoked by the bulldog like quality of the United States. Their impact on the rest of the world has resulted in more casualties than people they have helped, protecting ourselves from this power of white colonization and missionary of Western ideas is logical. Not only is the United States’ role in the Korean peninsula as well as most of East Asia unwarranted and unnecessary, it is an abuse of their power as a member of the Security Council. In the past, we have stated that the unjust dominance of the United Nation’s Security Council flies directly in the face of the democratic idea that was set forth in the creation of this great United Nations. Our focus as the General Assembly should be more on whether the Security Council is lawful instead of encroaching on the sovereignty of nation’s like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The Security Council’s singular power to make laws allows them to keep control of other nations and oppress countries trying to gain more sway and global presence out of fear for their standing.
    As of late, the United States’ President Trump has been disrespecting our great leader, Kim Jong-un and threatening the safety of our citizens. His actions and statements have been violent and set his country on a path of destruction as he has threatened the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In the past, our nation’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has addressed President Trump’s disgusting statements, “Due to his lacking basic common knowledge and proper sentiment, he tried to insult the supreme dignity of my country by referring it to a rocket. By doing so, however, he committed an irreversible mistake of making our rockets’ visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more,” When my country does fully realize our nuclear technology and create a more concrete stock of nuclear weaponry, the US will once again have to judge whether this approach is appropriate for an equal nuclear power.
    In the past, the great Democratic People’s Republic of Korea worked with the International Atomic Energy Agency to create more transparency about the nature of our nuclear power plants and weapons programs. However, we quickly realized that much like other agencies in the United Nations, the IAEA is another tool of the overpowered Security Council, which prompted us to refuse their entry into our Pyongyang nuclear sites in 2009. Since 2009, we have conducted several successful nuclear tests and will continue to develop a hydrogen bomb that can reach the United States homeland. Only after this is accomplished will we be truly respected by the global community and receive the treatment our nation has always deserved.
    In regards to our great nation’s relationship with other foreign powers, we recommend that sanctions on exports and limits on imports to and from our great nations should be immediately removed. After our nuclear test in 2006, the United Nations was weakened when it placed increasing sanctions on our great nation because it became even more of a machine used to promote Western ideals instead of respecting the sovereignty of each individual nation. The placement of these sanctions was also a signal to my great nation that the international community was more willing refuse fair treatment to us than discuss the larger issue at hand. Despite these attempts to harm the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s economy and strength, we continue to thrive and prevail. The best way that we can solve the problems arising in East Asia is to arrange a discourse between the powers of Eastern Asia, similar to the Six-Party Talks, except without the presence of the United States. Instead of these talks emphasizing the need for nuclear non-proliferation, they should focus on how to negotiate peace and trade in our region while still respecting the sovereignty of each nation. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has always been open to speaking with our brethren in the Republic of Korea, as Mr. Pak Kil Yon stated in his address to the General Assembly in 2010, “South Korea… should immediately embark on north-south dialogue to find solutions to all outstanding issues as recommended by the Presidential Statement of the UN Security Council.” Not only would the Democratic Republic of Korea be willing to speak with the Republic of Korea, but our great trade partner, China, whose economy is closely tied to our own. These talks could benefit China because they could also discuss islands that are disputed with Japan, which maintains the focus of peace in this discussion. In recent months, President Trump has painted the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as a villain in his story. Yet, we are more willing to negotiate peace and equality with our neighbors than his own power-hungry nation is to even speak with the countries on its own borders.

  • 21ReddyDi
    21ReddyDi November 15, 2017 Reply

    Country: Senegal
    Committee: DISEC
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Delegate: Divya Reddy
    School: Williamston High School

    Many events have contributed to the urgency of this topic, the starting point being Japan declaring its commitment to become a military power in 1868. While hostility on the Korean Peninsula took place, the United States and China had their own contribution to increased tensions. The United States has been making huge advancements towards a major conflict with North Korea which in turn has increased the want for greater security and protection in East Asian countries. China has begun to slowly increase its military strength by adding to its naval forces. Japan has recently been proposing to break away from pacifism as well. These events have created higher tensions with countries that have had a conflicted past with Japan such as China and South Korea. China and Japan have also recently been in small conflict which included hostile xenophobic protests and boycotting each others products. However, the most crucial security threat to countries around East Asia is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear missile program. With North Korea increasing threats towards the United States and already having many tests over Japan, the need for security is at its highest. The United Nations need to find a way to reduce the want for reduce the need for regional security, in turn calm tensions between these countries.

    Senegal has recently shown opposition towards the DPRK’s missile program and has declared it as an “international threat to peace and security” and calls for the “total prohibition of nuclear testing and launching inter-ballistic missiles” said by Senegal representative Gorgui Ciss in 2016. Senegal has a long history of trade with North Korea and is the top African exporter to North Korea with 7.82 million dollars towards North Korean trade accounts. Ciss went on to say that all goods that are sent to North Korea will be inspected to exert pressure on Pyongyang. Senegalese authorities are also conducting an investigation to assess whether or not finances from Senegal are being used to benefit the DPRK’s missile program, however no findings have been disclosed. Senegal did assure that no North Korean workers were at work in Senegal to earn money for the program in response to concern in the UN Security Council Resolution 2321 paragraph 34 which expresses concern of this topic, though Senegal did divulge the fact that 28 workers from the North Korean company ‘Mansudae Overseas Project Architectural Group’ are at work in Senegal. Senegal does not possess any nuclear weapons, being a non-nuclear weapon state since 1970 and Senegal has signed the Comprehensive Ban Test Treaty.

    Senegal has shown acceptance and agrees to resolution 2270 of 2016 which states the total prohibition of launching and testing of nuclear weapons, the inspection of all cargo traveling through DPRK territory, and calls for the DPRK to abandon all nuclear weapons and inter-ballistic missiles. Senegal representative Gorgui Ciss expresses that the DPRK’s missile program was a disturbance to international tranquility and is causing high international tensions. Ciss did stress the fact the UN sanctions should not be a goal themselves, that they should be a step to international peace. Countries that agree with this resolution and are allies of Senegal are France, China, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, and the United States.

  • JimmyBraun
    JimmyBraun November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Jimmy Braun

    As a major trading partner throughout the South East Asia region, India sees the stability of the East Asian region as a crucial factor in the economic stability of not only the region, but the world. The area is crucial for the exports of four out of the ten highest exporting countries in the world (by total exports according to the CIA World Factbook: China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong). The muscular displays of power by China are a visible threat to stability, and serve as a grave warning of their new imperialist growth for principles that endanger the free world. The same can be said for the DPRK, a country which, like china, flexes its muscles in the name of values that are frowned upon by the United Nations. Japan, as a nation which has shown its willingness to uphold the values of the free world, as seen in its recent low number of UN violations in all catagories, should end its military pacifism.

    Four of India’s top ten trading partners are located in the region, giving the security of this region top priority for the economic stability of our country. As one of the leading military powers in the Asian-Pacific region, India is not afraid to take whatever means necessary to secure security in the region. Recently, India moved warships to the Malacca Straits, a region that is crucial to China’s oil imports (64% according to the International Energy Agency). This move was to regulate, as well as protect one of the most heavily trafficked region in the South China Sea. India has also upheld the principles and code set forth by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). We frown upon the DPRK’s brash, unpredictable, and unstopped actions, especially those which involve their undisciplined nuclear program. No matter the resolution passed by the General Assembly condemning the DPRK’s creation and use of nuclear missiles, the nation has not slowed down in their military program. This gives our committee the responsibility to create a solution which can hinder the growth of their nuclear arms.

    Healthy relations are in the interests of all countries in the United Nations, and a resolution that continues to allow China to dominate the region is one that cannot be tolerated. Seeing the little impact past resolutions have had on them, we favor a resolution that enacts economic sanctions on China. India would also pushes for a resolution which recognizes the abandonment of pacifism for Japan, a country who has redeemed itself since World War Two and shows its willingness to fight for the principles of the free world. The DPRK, as a threat to these principles of freedom, should be imposed with new economic sanctions, and countries should be forbidden to provide economic aid, until the DPRK submits to recognizing and following international nuclear guidelines, which include ending its missile program.

  • RuleBritannia
    RuleBritannia November 15, 2017 Reply

    Country: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
    Committee: Disarmament and International Security
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Delegate: Patrick Meehan
    School: Williamston High School
    From the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate to the present, East Asia has been a stage upon which competing ideologies have fought, often militarily. The fall of the Japanese Empire opened the region to communism, which will dominate it for years to come. The advent of nuclear capability in China and North Korea brought American intervention and protection for Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. The Cold War never ended in Asia, and with tensions over nuclear weaponry and territorial claims boiling over, only the UN can step in and ensure the safety of the region.
    For the last two decades, Venezuela has been fostering trade and military relations around the globe, especially in East Asia. Japan and South Korea have signed many trade deals with Venezuela, which has promoted economic growth across the nation. China and Venezuela have a very close relationship, as China has developed railways, oil wells, and small industry. In return, Venezuela is the fourth-largest provider of oil for China. In contrast to its many ties to former colonial nations, Venezuela is on poor terms with the US, which accuses Venezuela of not being democratic enough.
    Venezuela is deeply committed to continuing peace in East Asia. In order to achieve this goal, Venezuela aims for the nuclear disarmament of North Korea, expansion of trade with China and Japan, and settling of international territorial disputes through the UN. With these policies in mind, Venezuela hopes to continue to improve its relations with all concerned nations to further economic growth and to foster international cooperation and goodwill. Only then will the world truly advance into an age of prosperity and global unity.

  • Alex.j.encalada
    Alex.j.encalada November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    The Kingdom of Belgium
    Alex Encalada-Stuart

    Though it has remained relatively stable within past decades, the East Asian region is once again facing a plethora of serious challenges to its internal stability and security, a number of which are global concerns. Belgium is committed to working toward greater international cooperation in tackling these complex issues.

    Chief among these concerns are the recent actions of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea. Within the past year, the DPRK has become increasingly hostile to the international community, engaging in multiple ballistic and nuclear-capable missile tests, and continuing unbridled development of their nuclear program, in defiance of international law. This represents a distinct security threat to both the East Asian region and the world, one which must be mediated by the international community and the United Nations. Recent escalation of tensions between the DPRK and the United States in particular risk bringing greater instability to the region, and must not be allowed to compromise the security of East Asia.

    As a member of the European Union, Belgium maintains a policy of critical engagement towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The goals of the EU in regards to the DPRK have been supporting a lasting diminution of tensions, upholding international non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and ensuring the improvement and enforcement of human rights within the country. To these ends, Belgium has engaged in regular diplomatic dialogue with the DPRK since 1998, and been involved in providing humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable communities within the nation. In order to promote greater stability within the East Asian region as a whole, Belgium is also engaged in a strategic EU partnership with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The European Union is committed to improving integration and connectivity with the ASEAN community, following the 2012 Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC), allowing for greater security within the region and coordinated approaches to issues including the DPRK.

    However, given the recent series of missile tests in violation of international law, escalation of global tensions with the DPRK, and the cessation of diplomatic discourse with some EU countries, Belgium advocates for an even firmer approach to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In order to start the dialogue on irreversibly dismantling its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs, Belgium and the rest of the European Union are in favor of stronger economic sanctions against the DPRK. These sanctions must be enforced by all countries with the capacity to trade with the DPRK, including the ASEAN, the EU, and the United States. Further security cooperation between Belgium, Europe, and the world in East Asia is the key to promoting stability and safety in the region, and any resolution passed must operate within the context of that agreement.

  • Donnkat
    Donnkat November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: DISEC
    Country: Brazil
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Delegate: Katherine Donnelly
    School: East Grand Rapids High School

    The conflict in East Asia is no longer internal; it’s beginning to have a strong impact on the international community. Our world has suffered time and time again due to what was originally an internal issue, and it is absolutely necessary for the United Nations to take a stand.

    The country of Brazil sees the impact of this conflict from a global standpoint. We hope the DISEC meeting will help both allies and enemies come together to discuss their challenges in a civilized manner to bring about international peace. Brazilian citizens are overwhelmingly loyal to Japan, as over 1.6 million citizens are of Japanese descent. We must honor our ties to our culture and heritage, yet we know the potential repercussions of silence.

    It is so important for tensions between China and the United States to cease, for they are two of the most powerful countries in our world, and their economic and political alliance must stay in tact. We hope they will, with the help of supporting countries like ourselves, they can come to an agreement in which the United States removes missiles from their land and China’s military can be strengthened internally and available to support the United States if conflict with North Korea arises.

  • Moonmar
    Moonmar November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: DISEC
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Country: Italy
    Delegate: Marisa Money
    School: East Grand Rapids High School

    With increasing tensions within East Asia countries around the world are becoming more and more concerned about the potential risk of war. Nations such as China, Japan, and North Korea are all thirsty for power and serve as potential loose cannons. It is unclear whether the United States has any footing in the conflict, but President Trump has been heightening concern over North Korea’s use of nuclear weapons. With Japan abandoning their promise of pacifism, China angry over the state of affairs, and North Korea posing an ever present threat this area is a state of complete turmoil.

    While maintaining each nation’s sovereignty and autonomy is very important, measures need to be taken in order to maintain global peace. We believe that since North Korea poses such a great nuclear threat the United Nations should encourage economic sanctions against them until they are willing to agree to peace. Along with this the United States should be brought before the United Nations to make their viewpoints on the issue clear, and discuss relations with Japan. This process will be difficult, but if all of the nations are able to discuss Italy believes this issue can be solved.

  • NSklar
    NSklar November 15, 2017 Reply

    The Nation of Palestine and the Fatah Party believe that the nations of East Asia need to work together to create peace and stability in the region. It is our belief that the nations of the region must participate in diplomatic talks to reach agreements in the area of Security. We also believe that the non-dominant nations of East Asia should work to prevent the dominant nation in the region from garnering too much power.
    On a more somber note, North Korea poses a very serious threat to the region, a threat which must be countered. At this point, the International Community must call on North Korea to stop the progression of its Nuclear Program. To be clear, Palestine is not calling on North Korea to end its nuclear program altogether. However, Palestine is calling on North Korea to halt the progress of its nuclear program.
    The Nation of Palestine calls on China to halt its advancement in building artificial islands in the South China Sea. Palestine also calls on the international community to enforce the Law of the Sea Treaty, previously signed by China. The international community should pressure China to stop building artificial islands in the South China Sea because this is a clear violation of the Law of the Sea Treaty.
    In conclusion, Palestine calls on North Korea and China to halt their recent activities in the areas of North Korea’s nuclear program and the building of artificial islands in the South China Sea, and the Nation of Palestine encourages diplomacy between East Asian nations and cooperation between these nations on the topic of security.

  • Moonmar
    Moonmar November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: DISEC
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Country: Italy
    With increasing tensions within East Asia countries around the world are becoming more and more concerned about the potential risk of war. Nations such as China, Japan, and North Korea are all thirsty for power and serve as potential loose cannons. It is unclear whether the United States has any footing in the conflict, but President Trump has been heightening concern over North Korea’s use of nuclear weapons. With Japan abandoning their promise of pacifism, China angry over the state of affairs, and North Korea posing an ever present threat this area is a state of complete turmoil.

    While maintaining each nation’s sovereignty and autonomy is very important, measures need to be taken in order to maintain global peace. We believe that since North Korea poses such a great nuclear threat the United Nations should encourage economic sanctions against them until they are willing to agree to peace. Along with this the United States should be brought before the United Nations to make their viewpoints on the issue clear, and discuss relations with Japan. This process will be difficult, but if all of the nations are able to discuss Italy believes this issue can be solved.

  • Zachste16
    Zachste16 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia.
    Country: France
    Delegate: Zachary R. Stevenson

    Whenever there is room to expand humans will find it, it’s our nature. Due to World War Two countries like China, “North Korea”, and Japan have exhausted funds into their Regional Security in the absence of other military might such as Russia.This constant pressure has stressed the relationships between the three countries previously mentioned. These relationships have ebbed and flowed including the backing of The “DPRK” by China during The Korean War.
    Today France and “North Korea” have very limited relations. France is one of only two European Countries to not recognize “North Korea”. France is very committed to protecting its national security, “We need to rediscover the coherence and strength of an international policy that restores credit and to have an unrelenting security policy,” said French President Emmanuel Macron. As North Korea continues to build its’ nuclear arsenal France will not recognise “North Korea” as a country and continue to urge them to disband this program. France and China have had troubled relations in the past due to the instatement of China’s Communist party in power and the One Child Policy of the 1990s. While relations have warmed in past years and we continue to improve these relations France urges China to not get involved in any sort of conflict or give any support to the “DPRK”. France believes that any involvement with “North Korea” is a danger to other countries as well as those involved. Japan and France continue to have beneficial relations with the Japanese Government. The French and Japanese both agree that impending nuclear war may be a threat to both Japanese and French national security. France condones the expansion of Japan’s military for defensive purposes during a troubled time. France also urges Japan to aid in the avoidance of any armed conflict with the “DPRK”. France concludes that they recognize the expansion of national security when tensions are tight but will never condone a nuclear program which is so clearly meant for reasons other than defense.

  • Mhiestand085
    Mhiestand085 November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: DiSec
    Country: Mexico
    Delegate: Madison Hiestand
    School: Mattawan High School

    The delegation of Mexico believes increased security cooperation in East Asia would help solve the numerous problems between these countries. All of these East Asian countries have been hotbeds for regional security competition over the past 150 years. These competitions for wanting to be the best there is, overall hurts the economy and safety of civilians everywhere. The tensions from the Korean War, Cold War, and World War Two are starting to come to extreme points. These countries that’s against one another are growing more and more the longer we as the UN wait to find a solution. A solution for these issues needs to be decided on promptly.
    Though Mexico does not have a huge involvement with the East Asian conflicts, our close alliance with the United States causes us to believe that these security tensions need to be handled. These tensions have gone too far. With this current world being ever so open and expanded through us all, we find it is becoming harder and harder as years pass not to be affected by a conflicts in East Asia, even if they are half way across the world.
    With our lack of involvement in the conflicts we believe the greatest solution to these tensions would be limiting the amount of power each country is gaining. Also we believe that there needs to be limitations on China’s political and international power, so they donate overall become a monopoly country. With the current South China Sea conflicts, military forces might need to be enforced on China to try and conceal their building of new islands. As a delegation, we stand by the United States and believe their actions and decisions are justified. Overall, Mexico wants to keep the peace between everyone. Stability between all of us is key in order for us to have a well-functioning world.

  • Benjlee
    Benjlee November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: Disarmament and International Security
    Topic: Security cooperation in East Asia
    Country: Republic of Peru
    Delegate: Ben Lee, FH Northern HS

    The current East Asian situation with hostility and tension growing among all countries are astounding. Although the unsureness of whether the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea) is soon to become hostile with the unwarranted missile launches and general hostility towards Japan and South Korea, the United Nations stand unclear on how to intervene to set the balance. With Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, considering the option to come out of pacifism to combat North Korea’s rogue missile launch attempt. As more and more tension grows, the UN is looking for a safe and ultimately effective solution to ease the all the countries of East Asia.

    Speculating Peru’s generally good relations with the United States, becoming the second largest trading partner, would assume that Peru would follow through with the United States opinion on the East Asian Security cooperation situation. “Indicating the importance of Peru’s bilateral relationship with China, Mr. Kuczynski’s first international visit as President was to China. China and Peru established diplomatic relations in 1971 and a strategic partnership in November 2008.” – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. But Peru’s growing relations with China, especially Peru’s dense mining operations, and China becoming Peru’s largest trading partner and main supplier of leading capital goods and investors, leads one to believe especially concerning how China feels with the US providing Anti-Missile Protection (THAAD) to South Korea, would assume that Peru would side with China’s opinion on the matter considering the risk of its economy.

  • Akuzee
    Akuzee November 15, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Adam Kuzee
    City High School
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Switzerland believes in the de-escalation and demilitarization of conflict in East Asia, planning instead to solve these issues through diplomacy.
    The situation in East Asia is potentially of worldwide significance. The superpowers involved are amongst the most powerful in the world, both economically and militarily. The primary concerns are rising tensions between China and Japan, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, and protest to U.S. involvement in the Korean peninsula. All three issues have the capability to escalate into international affairs.
    To address this issue, Switzerland will implement its traditional national stance: neutral and diplomatic negotiation. Both Japan and China are major trade partners for Switzerland, and we hope to aid in reaching a peaceful nonaggression agreement between the two, particularly regarding the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. We call for Japan- specifically Prime Minister Shinzo Abe- to abandon its push towards military operations, and fall back on its constitutional commitment to pacifism. Regarding the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, we stand firm in our commitment to disarmament. Although the argument could be made that the nation needs to be able to defend itself against the superpowers surrounding it, we argue that defense would not be a question at all if nearby nations would commit to disarmament and pacifism.
    We would like to see peaceful cooperation between these nations. Switzerland is already heavily involved in East Asia, both with our relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the work of our East Asia Division, and through extensive economic involvement in both nations. We will be willing to be involved in whatever negotiations occur. We would also like to see disarmament and de-escalation in North Korea. Nuclear weapons are something that should be being disassembled, not being built, especially in a country facing many other issues.

  • TheAngryPirate
    TheAngryPirate November 15, 2017 Reply

    Committee: Disec
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Country: Togo
    Delegate: Jack Nolan

    The nation of Togo understands the importance of security in East Asia and the detrimental effects that can occur if security cooperation is not reached. Currently Togo is experiencing heavy political and civil unrest. This is prominent because it shows that Togo is familiar with lack of security and has already been working on solutions to fix the problem. The security predicament in East Asia is on a much grander scale than that of Togo’s, and Togo is aware of this. This also means Togo has experience with dealings of such issues.
    Security cooperation in East Asia is important to Togo because Togo relies on Japan for imports. If the situation worsens, Togo could lose a very important trading partner and would be forced to look elsewhere which may not be beneficial. Togo has not recently enacted any actions or resolutions regarding the topic but wishes to do so soon. Togo could even benefit from China gaining more ground, for China is too, a trading partner.

  • Grekster
    Grekster November 16, 2017 Reply

    Topic Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Delegate Andrew Grekin
    Ladies and gentleman of the General Assembly,
    I am here to day to speak to you about how implementing a security cooperation in East Asia would be beneficial. Colombia and the United States of America have had a strategic security cooperation arrangement since December 7th, 2015. It has been extremely useful for us to come together to decrease the illegal drug trade and transnational crime. So far, it has proven successful. Both nations have agreed to prioritize coordinated anti-drug activities in Central America and the Caribbean. There are some problems Colombia has with this, for the United States of America has been the dominant partner in this Joint Security cooperation. As we have said before our nation has some reservations, but hopefully it will continue to work for the best. As we have said before, China will most likely come to dominate any East Asian security cooperation, unless careful steps are taken by other nations. One example of China’s influence is its building of islands and reefs in the East and South China Seas, completely disregarding the territorial claims of its neighbors.

    At this time, perhaps the most pressing security cooperation issue for East Asia is the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea’s (North Korea’s) nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation.
    South Korea and Japan are very close to North Korea. This is a major problem for South Korea by being right next to North Korea. North Korea has been working on a nuclear missile program to show their might to all of the nations that oppose them. This is even worse for South Korea whose border with North Korea is now an artillery range. Japan is now in range of missile strikes from North Korea. This has been proven by the North Koreans sending missiles over their territory.
    This will be necessary to assure the security of the participating nations.

  • Gmohney099
    Gmohney099 November 16, 2017 Reply

    Gabe Mohney
    Mattawan High School
    The Federal Republic of Nigeria
    Security Cooperation in East Asia

    The imminent threat of increasing political unrest regarding militaristic capabilities and nuclear reaches in east Asia affects diplomatic and economic relations to most countries around the world, including the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This issue has the potential to produce violence and the advancement of nuclear arsenals, both of which Nigeria seeks to avoid.

    As a strong advocate of nuclear weapon prohibition and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, Nigeria urges necessary pressure and diplomatic efforts to encourage the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to accept a peaceful resolution regarding the current crisis. North Korea’s accelerated nuclear weapons development program poses the most pressing threat to international peace. The proliferation of these weapons of mass destruction additionally create risk throughout the world and Asia if transferred to non state actors, especially terrorist organizations.

    Also being a signatory of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty and the African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty, Nigeria pushes for a larger number of countries to agree with the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, especially the ones possessing nuclear weapons. We support a weapons free world in regards to nuclear capabilities and advise for urgent and necessary negotiations about this crisis.

  • Cfraleyburgett
    Cfraleyburgett November 16, 2017 Reply

    Eli Duguid
    Committee: Disarmament and International Security Council
    Topic: Security Cooperation in East Africa
    Country: Rwanda
    Since the mid-1800’s, nations across Asia have been fighting over being the top military
    power.This has caused the United States to intervene among these issues in more recent
    times. It began with Japan and Russia racing to control the area, this has translated to current
    day with Japan,China,South,and North Korea fighting over the issue of nuclear
    weaponry..Rwanda has had many tensions in recent times, and we do not wish for any area in
    the world to have to deal with such problems. We now work to build peace both domestically
    and abroad. Since this is our mission we greatly agree with ceasing tensions in Eastern Asia to
    save human lives.
    Rwanda has taken many forms of action since our country’s birth date to improve global
    relationships. The sixth amendment of the constitution of Rwanda is an example of how our
    nation wishes for peace. The amendment calls for “respect of fundamental human rights and
    equitable power sharing among the state”. This amendment applies to this issue because, non
    cooperation of states in East Asia could violate their citizens’ natural rights to live safely.
    Amendment 6 also discusses power sharing among the state, If East Asia does not stop with
    this power greed it will lead to chaos. Since adopting the Rwandan constitution, we have greatly
    reduced the unrest among our nation, and have become a secure democratic nation where all
    citizens are welcome. We have grown well economically and education has improved. The
    unemployment rate has dropped from 35 percent in 2009 to 7 percent in 2012. The Asian sector
    of the United Nations, ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), has been very involved
    in cooperation issues in East Asia. A way to support this is just by stating that no hot wars have
    broken out in East Asia since the Vietnam War. This has definitely played a role in maintaining
    the safety of not only Rwanda, but many other nations, as many of these nations in East Asia
    have large ICBM’s that could cause worldwide devastation.
    Rwanda suggests that the United Nations continues to be involved in East Asia, as this keeps
    international security and peace. The Earth as we know it can be maintained without the use of
    large nuclear weaponry.
    Rwanda is part of many international organizations including, the United Nations, African Union,
    and Commonwealth of Nations. The main objective of these organizations is to maintain good
    international relationships between African and international nations. Rwanda would like to
    thank the other nations among these organizations for their help in any issues we have faced
    recently, and we believe we have a lot to offer in international issues coming in the future

  • MCA510
    MCA510 November 16, 2017 Reply

    Disarmament and International Security Committee
    Security Cooperation in East Asia
    Malhar Amin

    With tension increasing within East Asia due to the recent testings of DPRK’s ballistic missiles security cooperation is needed. East Asia is the one region left with Communist and Democratic governance. This is already a catalyst for potential arguments. Laos being a communist country supports Russia and DPRK. In order for security cooperation Laos is bettering affairs with their regional neighbors.
    After the fall of communism Laos became weak. Over the past years Laos has been trying to expand their international and national relations to help their country grow. For the most part Laos is strengthening their defensive ties with China. Laos has ties and trade with almost everyone of their regional neighbors. This helps Laos
    After the bombing by the US Laos was left weak. This is why it is important for them to keep strong ties with regional countries incase something like the Secret War would ever happen again. Laos trade and most of the country’s wealth would go to waste if they did not have cooperation. We can keep security cooperation going if Laos has tade.

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