Topic A: Foreign Intervention in Elections

The intervention by foreign entities in free elections has become a large topic of conversation in recent times. For instance, following the 2016 United States Presidential Election, the Russian Federation was accused of deliberate election interference. Yet, both nations have been previously accused of tampering with international elections, specifically within countries attempting to establish new governments through decolonization efforts. Within the digital age, the capacity for nations to use fake news as propaganda and utilize metadata on potential voters to be swayed poses a threat to sovereignty worldwide. How will the international community define and effectively respond to actions by foreign governments attempting to interfere in other nations’ free elections?

Topic B: Colonization of Mars

The developments in space exploration within the last century have showcased humanity’s ability to compete and collaborate to push the beyond the boundaries of our planet. Recent concerns of climate change have pushed the international community to begin considering the possibility of establishing human colonies on our neighboring planet. Moreover, private industry appears to be leading the charge with companies such as SpaceX planning to launch a manned mission to Mars within the decade. The establishment of human civilization on other planets will mark completely new territory for the international community to address. What will the regulations for colonization entail? How should humans and organizations be allowed to govern themselves in a completely different part of the solar system?

 

Letter from the Chair

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Dear Delegates,

It is my absolute privilege to welcome you to the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in India! My name is Canyon Kornicker and I will be the chair for The Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL).

I was originally born in New York City, but lived most of my life in Central New Jersey and moved recently to Connecticut. With that being said, studying at the University of Pennsylvania has made me fall in love with Philadelphia. At Penn, I’m in the Wharton School of Business, where I plan to concentrate in Business Economics & Public Policy and Finance and minor in Mathematics. At Penn, I’m also a Business Director for UPMUNC and I’m also involved in Penn Records, a student-run music label. In my free time, I like to stay up to date on new books, music and movies.

I hope you all are as excited as I am for conference! If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to email me at specpol@ilmunc-india.com. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and hopefully fostering good debate!

Sincerely,

Canyon Kornicker

Chairperson

Special Political and Decolonization Committee