Chair: Jimmy Mroz
Topic A: The Use of Proxy Groups in International Conflicts
Topic B: Global Arms Trade
Committee Type: Dual Delegation
Letter from the Chair
Welcome to Novice DISEC,
My name is James Mroz and I am a junior at UCLA. I am an African and Middle Eastern Studies Major with another major in Arabic. Why am I studying so many things and why do they all involve the Middle East? Great question! Since I was a child I have always been fascinated with the history of the ancient Near East and have always dreamed of studying the languages of ancient Egypt. I began taking Arabic in high school and gradually became more interested in the modern Middle East and ultimately decided to pursue a career related to the region once I arrived at UCLA. Besides my academic interests I spend my free time biking, reading, and volunteering with various cultural clubs on campus.
I am excited to be chairing Novice DISEC because DISEC is a very interesting committee and it was the first committee I competed in when I began my Model UN career. As an individual who never received formal Model UN training until college, I certainly understand what it is like to enter a large committee for the first time and not know what to expect. Odds are that you may feel confused or lost at some point during the conference, but I am sure we will all have the hang of it by the end of the first committee session.
What am I expecting in a good delegate? The first and most important step is doing research. Your research should focus on both the topics at large and your individual country’s role in that topic. The other important quality I look for is that you are staying true to your country’s policies. For example, if the topic we are discussing is nuclear non-proliferation, I would not expect the delegate of Israel to be working directly with the delegate of Iran. The final quality I am looking for is effort. Things may get dry after a while, but it is very important that you all remain engaged and do your best.
Please feel free to email me with any question you have. I understand that research may be difficult for some positions and I would be more than happy to help in any way that I can.
See you all in November!
BruinMUN 2016 | Chair