Opening of Conference: Catherine Jones
The MSMUN conference started off with an introduction by the secretary generals, and a
speech by the guest Ambassador Jean Kamau. The delegates were then divided into their
proper committees. There, the delegates were then given a lecture on their committees and
Security and Terrorism: Hayden Meacham
Dr. Stephen Ceccoli was the introductory speaker for the Security and Terrorism committee. In his lecture, he primarily relied upon the ideas of Waltz, an international relations theorist, who claimed that there are many similarities between the Cold War and the Global War on Terror. Both wars spanned a generation, the War on Terror, like the Cold War, “legitimizes” America’s power and is claimed to be the “defense of Western Civilization,” and both wars are about the securitization of an issue – meaning people must accept that there is a real problem and act on that problem. Waltz also argues that there are three major factors of conflict: people are selfish, nation-states are selfish (national interests), and, most importantly, the structure of an international system is power-based . He asserts that, in regards to an international system, power is the “currency” of the world, meaning the success of a nation is based on their influence. Because of this, Waltz declares that the most stable system is a bipolar system – a system with two major powers (i.e. the Soviet Union and America in the Cold War). According to him, this is because the two countries “neutralize” each other due to the fear of losing their power.
World Health Organization: Olajide Ibitoye and William Dillon
Merging public healthcare and private healthcare together to conceal the problems conspired by the latter.
Final Notes: All reporters
As final note of interest, if any delegate or advisor has a question about MSMUN, Secretary-Generals Lydia and Lizzie are in the International Studies Office on the First floor of Buckman Hall, across from the Advisor Lounge.