R-MC students attend Model U.N.

R-MC’s Model United Nations passed several resolutions at the National Model UN (NMUN) in Washington, D.C. Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. R-MC Model UN represented the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The ten students divided into five sections each composed of two people. These sections, or committees, handled the issues of narcotics trafficking, refugee placement, illegal small arms trade, and the economy.

Sarah Maxwell ’15, served on the Narcotics and Drugs Committee. She said that they passed “five or six resolutions” aimed at “…reducing narcotics through international cooperation and education.”

Sonny Murphy ’16 served on the Security Council and dealt with the topic of small arms. Murphy and his partner’s goal was to restrain illegal small arms trade in the Middle East.

“Basically over the three days we had several meetings where we would draft resolutions and try to incorporate elements of each country’s foreign policy…so they would agree to the terms,” he said.

Murphy and his partner worked with Model UN delegates representing North Korea, Russia, and Egypt among others.

Eventually, their resolution was passed. Two different sections, the High Committee of Refugees and the World Health Organization were concerned with Kuridsh and Afghan refugees in Iran and where to place them.

The NMUN welcomes delegations from colleges across the U.S. and is one of the most prestigious Model UN events. Participation in the NMUN requires a substantial amount of time and energy beforehand. According to the National Model UN website, each delegation must provide one position paper for each of their committees. In it they describe the three topics they will be discussing, their arguments, and their expert opinion as to why their nation would take
their positions. These papers are later judged for a selection of prizes.

Maxwell said that she and her fellow members spent a month before the trip researching Iran’s foreign policy and internal politics to determine a plausible set of arguments. Murphy said “…even on the basic level of Model UN it’s easy to see the amount of work and effort that has to go into drafting these resolutions is incredible…” Murphy added that the conference shed some light as to why UN measures can be slow in coming.

Each Model UN delegate gets something different from the NMUN experience. Maxwell said that the NMUN provided a unique opportunity for professional growth while lending some understanding of the interactions between nations worldwide.

The Islamic Republic of Iran was chosen for R-MC Model UN out of pure convenience; there are ten students in the delegation and Iran had ten spots.

Nevertheless Maxwell considered representing the Islamic Republic a highlight of her time at the conference.

She said “[T]he best part was the experience of being a representative of a culture that was so different from our own western style of thought.” She also valued the opportunity to learn more about international relations. Murphy also found enjoyment in the demanding nature of National Model UN.

He said “[I]t was a great experience because it was pretty challenging and made us push ourselves to compete at the level of some of the more veteran schools.”

-Dionna Cheatham ’15, Junior Politics/Opinions Editor

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