First Committee: Disarmament and International Security Committee

Committee Information

Title: First Committee: Disarmament and International Security Committee

Organ: General Assembly

Chair: Dano Major

Topic A: Use of Mercenaries in Armed Conflict

Topic A Summary:

The use of mercenaries and private security forces has become a common war tactic for developed nations. Military contractors are paid to execute actions which some nations may not be able to perform, legally or ethically. The United States, as well as a number of other large nations, have hired these private security forces to carry out war orders in conflict zones – most notably Iraq and Afghanistan. The use of these forces is a double-edged sword: mercenaries may carry out illegal, black-ops actions, but also keep national forces out of harm’s way. The international community must come to a resolution regarding these contracted organizations – whether they can be used at all, and if so, when?

Topic B: Drone Proliferation

Topic B Summary:

The proliferation of drones has become an incredibly pressing issue in the recent past. As technology continues to improve, more nations are hastening their drone programs. The United States is a notable example of such a country, maintaining a broad drone program that has expanded over the last eight years. With such expansion, however, has come financial, political, and ethical concerns. The financing of these programs, as well as their use to assassinate targets in foreign countries, strains diplomatic relations and calls into question the morality of drones themselves. Now, the international community must determine how and when drones should be used, and what international recourse (if any) should exist when a nation steps outside the bounds of legality.

Background Guide


Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

I am very pleased to welcome you to the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in India! My name is Dano Major and I am the chair for the DISEC. It has been such a pleasure preparing for conference over these past several months and we cannot wait to share it with you. I am so excited to share a little bit more about myself and this amazing conference with you.

I was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California where I spent much of my time enjoying the year-round sunny weather by spending copious amounts of time at the beach with friends and family. Since coming to Penn, I have survived my first winter and am learning to navigate the public transportation system. I am studying in the College of Arts and Sciences, where I plan to major in either Physics or International Relations, with a Hispanic Studies and Language minor. Joining the University of Pennsylvania’s International Affairs Association as an overwhelmed and confused freshman was one of the best decisions I have made since coming to Penn; I anticipate that ILMUNC India will be just as stimulating and enjoyable as the other Model United Nations conferences I have attended!

I have enjoyed pursuing my passion for Model UN on the collegiate level through INTERCOL, Penn’s competitive travel team, and serving as one of the Under-Secretaries General for Crisis committees at UPMUNC. Not only have I improved my speaking and research skills, I have also met some of my best friends. I hope that we are able to foster a similar environment of learning and connection for all of you at ILMUNC India. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any other members on the Secretariat with questions or concerns. Get stoked for a dope conference!

Dano Major
Chair, First Committee: Disarmament and International Security Committee