First Committee: Disarmament and International Security Committee

Committee Information

Title: First Committee: Disarmament and International Security Committee

Organ: General Assembly

Chair: Michael Mintskovsky

Topic A: The Fifth Generation of Cyber Warfare

Topic A Summary:

In just 20 years, the internet has grown 20,000% from an estimated 16 million active users in 1995 to nearly 3.2 billion users in 2015. Today, the internet is shared between states, non-state communities, businesses, academia, and individuals. Due to the rapid rise in using computers in both the public and private sectors, however, cyberwarfare and the malicious use of the internet has become an increasingly serious threat. Delegates in this First Committee will be responsible for shaping the cyber warfare policy of the international community.

Topic B: Nuclear Policy for the 21st Century

Topic B Summary:

The future of nuclear policy for the global community remains a volatile arena for countries around the world as nuclear technologies and science continue to develop and energy production remains an important issue in the modern day. Because the technologies for the generation of nuclear energy and the manufacturing of nuclear weapons are similar and the policy decisions linked to nuclear energy hold important significance, delegates debating this topic will have the opportunity to explore potential advantages and ramifications of specific nuclear policy decisions in the global context. Delegates will determine how the role of nuclear power can be managed despite growing fears about nuclear warfare and destruction.

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Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to ILMUNC India. My name is Michael Mintskovsky, and I am beyond excited to be serving as chair of DISEC at this year's conference!

I am a native of Syracuse, New York, born to two Ukrainian immigrants. Russian has always been the primary language in my household, but now it is more of my parents talking in Russian and me responding in English. I have participated in Model United Nations in one form or another since 8th grade. Throughout high school, I was heavily involved in organizing CNYMUN, a Syracuse University conference for highschoolers much like yourselves. Additionally, I have traveled to a good amount of conferences on the east coast, even getting the opportunity to meet Oprah at Cornell University. This past year, I served as Chief Operating Officer of UPMUNC (ILMUNC's college-level counterpart). Needless to say, Model United Nations has been one of my favorite extracurricular activities for the past 6 years. I am a junior in the Wharton School, pursuing concentrations in Finance, Real Estate, and Statistics. I also am an avid tennis player and basketball fan.

I am confident that this year's simulation will provide you with thrilling, relevant debate on relevant world issues throughout the weekend. It is up to you to put your diplomacy, advocacy, communication, and problem-solving abilities to the test. I look forward to facilitating debate and watching your creative minds go to work.

The team has been working tirelessly to put on this conference for you. I sincerely hope that you make the most of the weekend by giving it your all in committee with some of the area's top-notch delegates. If you have any questions for me whatsoever, please do not hesitate to reach out to. I look forward to meeting you all, and am beyond excited to set foot in India for the first time!

Michael Mintskovsky
Chair, First Committee: Disarmament and International Security Committee

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