Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL)

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Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL)

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Chair: Simon Zhang

Email: specpol@bruinmun.org

Topic A: Demilitarizing the Arctic Circle

Topic B: Reforming Peacekeeping Operations

Committee Type: Single Delegate

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Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

My name is Simon Zhang and I am beyond thrilled to serve as your Chair for the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL). As a fourth year international student studying Applied Mathematics and Philosophy at UCLA, I grew up in Beijing and Manila before coming to the United States. Upon graduation, I hope to pursue a masters degree in International Relations and eventually join an INGO.

It was five years ago when I first entered the world of Model UN at my high school in the Philippines, where we traveled around the region to attend conferences like THIMUN Singapore. Something about solving colossal challenges on a global scale as an amateurish teen brought joy and captivated me so much as to guide me to become the person I am today. Even though my passion and understanding for international politics and governance had grown thanks to MUN, I found more than just knowledge and insight with it: some of the closest friendships from my past and present days have been forged in this arena. Indeed, the contention of debate and fortitude in compromise brings people together like none other, and I hope this committee at the end of the day will bring every member a little closer.

As one of the six major general assemblies of the United Nations, SPECPOL busies itself with a rather diverse range of issues beyond the scope of its name. Over the course of this BruinMUN weekend, we will dive into topics increasingly critical in daily discourse and the contemporary political climate, unraveling an arctic Cold War of energy diplomacy and rethinking the existing peacekeeping frameworks for more effective operations. These subjects will be discussed from multiple perspectives that deal with statecraft, displacement of people, environmental as well as humanitarian protection, and much more. Despite our physical removal from many of these scenes of conflict, it is important that we try to step into the shoes of those involved and discuss policies and practices with their lives in mind. It is also crucial that we treat each other’s opinions and differences with respect while working towards shared initiatives. The fate of many will depend on your decision making and resolutions, and I trust each and every one of you to tackle your obstacles with strength, creativity, and compassion. Best of luck and welcome to SPECPOL.

Simon Zhang | Chair

specpol@bruinmun.org