North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO

GROUP: Regional Bodies

  • Topic A: Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
  • Topic B: Gulf of Aden Piracy Crisis, 2009

TOPIC A Emerging and Disruptive Technologies

TOPIC B Gulf of Aden Piracy Crisis, 2009



  • Michelle Li (she/her)
  • Pietro Stabile (he/him)
Email Committee Chair

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a political and military alliance of 32 member states dedicated to guaranteeing freedom and security for its members. As a security alliance, NATO provides a link between North America and Europe to conduct multinational crisis management operations together. NATO’s aims are to promote democratic values while upholding its commitment to the peaceful resolution of disputes. This regional body heavily emphasizes cooperation and trust building among member states, maintaining these values through the collective defense clause of NATO’s founding treaty — taking action as a security alliance if an ally is the victim of an armed attack. In this organization, delegates will consider multinational security concerns from a holistic perspective while honoring NATO’s three core tasks: deterrence and defense, crisis prevention and management, and cooperative strategy.

Topic A: Emerging and Disruptive Technologies

Artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, biotechnologies, advanced spaceflight, and quantum computing are a few of the many emerging and disruptive technologies (EDTs) affecting the world. These developing technologies have the capacity to reduce missile flight times, break current encryption methods, lead to faster decision-making in combat, and much more. As EDTs revolutionize the global security front, NATO members must explore the new opportunities and challenges EDTs raise in both offensive and defensive capabilities. Delegates in this committee will grapple with the potential risks and benefits of maintaining a technological advantage with EDTs, as well as how to foster the cooperative development of these technologies among member states and preserve Alliance unity in the face of potential disparities in EDT capabilities.

Topic B: Gulf of Aden Piracy Crisis, 2009

In 2009, the Gulf of Aden became a global point of focus when a piracy crisis crippled several vital trade routes of the Horn of Africa and in the Indian Ocean. Fueled by political instability and economic hardship, pirates hijacked an unprecedented number of vessels, taking hundreds of seafarers hostage. As the Gulf of Aden holds one of the most important trade routes in the world, this crisis exposed vulnerabilities in international maritime security, forcing NATO to act by protecting ships and deterring pirates. With this topic, delegates will take a deeper look into the complexities of this crisis, examining the root causes of piracy, the effectiveness of the international response, and the importance of maintaining balance between safeguarding commerce and crew members. By exploring these issues, delegates can work toward preventing similar crises and securing vital trade routes.