By now you probably have a vague - if not cinematically conjured - image of the issue of piracy swirling around in your head, nestled up next to your favorite slacktivism hashtags and Buzzfeed lists. Luckily your lack of nuance will be forgiven, because top experts will gather in Novice DISEC at the forthcoming BruinMUN to discuss the intricacies of buccaneering and to make (admittedly non-binding, yet supposedly) firm recommendations with the intent of reducing violence and economic disruption on the high seas.
Pirate activity is currently at its highest level in modern history, with most of the incidents occurring in several hotspots, including the coast of Somalia, the Gulf of Guinea region, the Gulf of Aden, and the South China Sea. The problem with many of the past actions and potential solutions to combat piracy in these areas is the very nature of the countries themselves. When there is no central framework of governance, as is the case in Somalia, there is little support to be found in the actual policing of the waters and the prosecution of pirates. To top it all off, evidence suggests that there are potential links between pirates and terrorist organizations throughout many of the hotspot regions.
This scale of maritime thievery is not to be ignored or taken lightly, as it has been a particularly cumbersome concern of the United Nations, NATO, and the European Union in recent years. Thankfully, the delegates of Novice DISEC will be adequately prepared to address the growing concern surrounding these issues and to offer viable, effective, and efficient ideas to deconstruct the issue of piracy. We trust that their expertise will even leave some time for an examination of the root causes of piracy, and a comprehensive plan for addressing these problems. The UN and DISEC in particular are known for their effectiveness, right? Buckle up delegates.