North Atlantic Treaty Organization

 
 

Topic Summary

Since April 2014, NATO has suspended practical cooperation with Russia due to aggressive Russian actions in Ukraine, notably its illegitimate and illegal annexation of Crimea. However, political and military channels for political dialogue remain open. Efforts to bridge areas of common interest, such as the NATO-Russia Council (NRC), remain an important forum for possible cooperation. NATO’s concerns about Russia’s continued destabilizing pattern of aggressive military rhetoric go well beyond Russia’s activities in Ukraine. Concerns include the territorial integrity of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, which have increased as Russia’s military activities along NATO’s borders (including its practice of snap exercises, deploying near NATO borders, large scale training of regiments, and violations of Allied airspace) have become increasingly frequent, making the Euro-Atlantic security environment less stable and predictable. Through indirect and hybrid actions, including attempted interference in the election processes and national sovereignty, widespread propaganda campaigns and malicious cyber activities. This is compounded by Russia’s continued violation and non-implementation of numerous obligations in arms control and security-building measures. In defending Euro-Atlantic security, the problem of cooperation begs the question of conflict prevention, confidence building and meditation, and legitimate responses to disputes and emerging crises. What does Russia want? Is cooperation with Russia still possible?

Director’s Letter

Dear Delegates,

My name is Woojin Lim, and I am honored to be your director for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization; I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of you at the 2020 conference! I am a sophomore at Harvard College concentrating in philosophy and a secondary in government. I chose the former because I like questioning and thinking through various issues, be it issues of climate change or in the ethics of artificial intelligence. On campus, I am also involved in our sister conference, Harvard National Model United Nations, and I also write for the school newspaper, the Crimson.

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I was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Though my grammar is a little rusty, I speak fluent Korean and French, and currently am in the process of practising Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. I love to travel—in the past year, I’ve travelled to Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, Cape Town, and Toronto. If you ever want to talk about backpacking or about any or all things k-pop related, I am open to conversation!

I have a few years of MUN experience from high school. I had a chance to attend the Global Model NATO Summit, learning from and working with real-life NATO diplomats. Last year, I assistant directed the Historical North Atlantic Treaty Organization at HMUN and the Joint Crisis Committee at HNMUN. My goal for this committee is to deal with the increasingly prominent issues in global collective action, pertaining to the increasing threat of climate change, especially with the lens of Euro-Atlantic security. This will be both an informative and productive committee, with a number of different approaches to a resolution.

You all will be bringing varying levels of experience to committee, but no matter where you stand, by listening to discussions from far and close, considering and weighing different possibilities, you learn so much more about the world around you. MUN truly offers a new learning experience every iteration. Try not to be so caught up in the competitive nature of HMUN and focus more on the valuable opportunity to work on improving your diplomacy and negotiation skills, and to exchange ideas with other delegates.

Do not hesitate to email me with any questions or concerns; I will reply as soon as possible and am happy to provide and information you may need. I cannot wait to meet you all!

Sincerely,

Woojin Lim

Director, North Atlantic Treaty Organization