andrew chang '18   Disarmament and international security committee

andrew chang '18
Disarmament and international security committee

Andrew is a senior at Harvard College, concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. He has lived in three countries and his international experiences have added to his interest in international relations, particularly global health. He is especially interested in the way scientific research contributes to the construction of social reality. On campus, Andrew is a competing member on the Harvard Intercollegiate Model United Nations team and serves as the Secretary-General for Harvard Model United Nations, Harvard's conference for high school students in Boston. Andrew looks forward to meet all the delegates and is committed to serve the delegates, and the missions of WorldMUN 2018.

Topic: Biological Warfare

The weaponization of biological toxins and infectious agents has conceptually existed since the sixth century BC. However, recent emergence of innovations in biotechnology gives added complexity the topic of biological warfare. These innovations, particularly in the field of gene editing and the discovery of new biological systems and agents, have contributed significantly to the advancement of medicine and human health. At the same time, without actionable policies and interventions, these advancements can highlight many concerns to present-day warfare tactics that are increasingly reliant on technology.  Currently, customary international humanitarian law prohibits the use of biological weapons in armed conflicts. Given the flourishing innovations of the field, countries must now come together in order to discuss the implications of biotechnology for international security and propose solutions to both intervene and deter the use of biological weapons.