Katherine Sakys '20 special political and decolonization committee

Katherine Sakys '20
special political and decolonization committee

Audrey Dilgarde

Place of origin? I’m originally from the port city of Douala, Cameroon but I moved to the States as a child and grew up in Morrison, Colorado. 
Area of study? I haven’t declared a major yet but my interests are around History, Economics, the Francophone world, and the conditions that Black Women face in society.
Hobbies? As a Libra, all I care about is aesthetics so you can always find me in an art museum. I love history and culture, so traveling is high on the list of things I enjoy. I’m into literature—Albert Camus has my heart—and I enjoy spending my free time outdoors with my friends or interviewing interesting people for my podcast, The Catalyst. Outside of WorldMUN, I’m an associate for Harvard College Consulting Group, a committee member of Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business, and on the Board of Directors for The Harvard COOP.

Topic: Addressing the Neocolonial Legacy

In the past century, a political reshaping occurred where more than 80 former colonies gained their independence. In 1990, the General Assembly proclaimed the first International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism. December 2010 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration on the Granting Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, coinciding with the end of the Second International Decade and the proclamation that the years between 2011 to 2020 would see the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism. However, as it stands, the process of decolonization is not yet complete as there are still Non-Self-Governing Territories (NSGTs) that remain to be decolonized and countries that are seemingly sovereign but are still affected by the legacy of colonialism.

In order to rectify this legacy and all its adverse effects, this iteration of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee—also known as the Fourth Committee—will concern itself with addressing and dissecting modern forms of imperialism—explicitly neocolonialism. As an example, Europe has consistently seen an influx of migrants to the European Union (EU) from across the Mediterranean Sea or overland through Southeast Europe. This influx later became known as the European Migrant Crisis as various factors triggered this influx and it turned into a crisis during the summer of 2015. That summer saw hundreds of migrants and refugees die. Using the European Migrant Crisis of 2015 as a case study, this committee will utilize its mandate to examine the various ways it can include the theory of neocolonialism into its definition of modern imperialism and also uncover the ways in which the international community can seek to combat neocolonial poverty, inequality and displacement—all of which are results of the legacy of colonialism.