Year: Second year
Hometown: Glastonbury, Connecticut
Area of Study: Government and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Hidden interest: I love art way too much for someone who couldn’t draw to save her life. You’ll probably catch me wandering around every art museum I can find, attempting to sketch cool city streets, and promptly giving up on sketching in favor of photographing scenery with my beloved DSLR camera.
Why WorldMUN? After spending a year working on the Bulgarian debate circuit, I became incredibly passionate about learning more about the ways in which people’s cultural backgrounds interact with the way they discuss global issues. I can’t imagine a better place to delve deeper into those differences than one of the world’s most internationally diverse MUN conferences.
Topic: The Balkan and Near Eastern Drug Route
The issue of drugs in the MENA region and Europe often flies under the radar as drug crises in other areas of the world take up most of the news cycle. From poppy fields in Iran to heroin overdoses in British alleyways, drugs wreak havoc at every stop along the path that brings hundreds of billions of euros worth of drugs into Europe every year. These narcotics enter Europe through the Balkan drug route, though the implications of the trade begin far beyond the mountainous peninsula and fuel vicious drug industries in the Near East. During this committee, we will raise many issues about the intricate web of policies that can be constructed to deal with the drug route itself and its broader context in the MENA region and Europe. Does the onus of combatting this issue largely fall on countries that generally produce these drugs, or do all countries affected by the drug trade need to share the burden equally? If all countries are obligated to act, how will the committee deal with the issue of funding given that each nation is in a different financial situation? What are the secondary harms of drug trafficking, such as crime and violence, that the committee needs to consider? Should the committee consider policies to address the issue of addiction, or are efforts best focused elsewhere? Even before that, how can this problem be stopped at the source when many people are coerced into producing or trafficking these drugs? Delegates will engage with these questions, among others, in an effort to produce a cohesive multinational framework to combat the persistent issue of narcotic trafficking.