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NATO

Created by the allied nations after WWII in response to the growing threat of Communism, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO is an international political military organization that focuses on maintaining peaceful relations within Europe. Currently comprised of 28 member states, NATO is unique in that the solutions proposed by the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s main delegating body, can be enforced rather than mere merely suggested. NATO has always operated on the policy of collective defense, that an attack on one member state is an attack on all. Though the USSR’s Warsaw Pact created strife between the member states, after the fall of the Soviet Union, NATO revised its purpose from a military alliance to a peacekeeping organization, with the mandate “to safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.” It has been crucial in keeping the peace during Post-Cold War conflicts in countries such as Bosnia and Yugoslavia, and assisting in security missions in Afghanistan after 9/11.

NATO is a committee best suited for experienced delegates, though it is open to delegates with all levels of experience wishing to challenge themselves.

Position Papers are mandatory, and must be turned in to the dais by 11:59PM on Nov 5, 2017. The dais’ e-mail address is nato@pacificmun.com. Late position papers will not be considered for an award unless an extension has been requested by the delegate and approved by the dais at least 24 hours in advance.

Further questions or inquiries can be directed to the dais at nato@pacificmun.com.

Topic 1: The 2017 Turkish Referendum

Topic 2: Militarization of North Korea

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Staff

Kavya Iyer

Director

Kavya Iyer is currently a senior at International Community School in Kirkland, and serves as the president of their MUN club. Kavya appreciates the networking and researching opportunities MUN provides and even has a MUN bumper sticker on her car. She has staffed previously at EDUMUN and KINGMUN, and is excited to be the director of such an advanced committee! Apart from MUN, Kavya enjoys working on FBLA, Science National Honors Society, listening to 90’s hip-hop, trying new foods, and playing badminton. As college looms in the distant future, Kavya is debating between becoming an engineer, a politician, or a businesswoman. She sincerely hopes you enjoy yourself at PACMUN 2017, and choose NATO as your committee!

Nicole Turtle

Chair

Nicole Turtle is a currently a Junior at Inglemoor High School, serving as EuroChallenge coach. Nicole appreciates the opportunities MUN provides delegates to explore and debate international matters and meet other students from across the nation. Excluding MUN, Nicole does piano, and participates in FBLA, Euro Challenge, Fed Challenge, and the National Economics Challenge. Nicole is excited to serve as your chair of NATO, and looks forward to seeing everyone at PACMUN 2017.

Grace Zou

Assistant Director

Grace is currently a senior at Interlake High School. Having joined MUN in her sophomore year, Grace simply adores MUN due to the experiences and opportunities that it provides delegates to meet and work with new people. Beyond MUN, Grace can be found playing piano, and is a member of Interlake's Science National Honors Society and Future Problem Solvers, having competed in multiple state competitions for the latter. Grace is honored to serve as your Assistant Director of NATO, and looks forward to seeing you all at PACMUN 2017!