North-Atlantic Treaty Organization – 1949 NATO


  • Topic A: International Security
  • Topic B: Organizational Expansion & Administration

TOPIC A International Security

TOPIC B Organizational Expansion & Administration



  • Nikolai Eklund
  • Ethan Della Rocca
Email Committee Chair

Washington, D.C., 22 March, 1949: a coterie of Western diplomats gather secretly in the Pentagon to discuss how to deal with the resurgent Soviet Union. Keeping the Treaty of Brussels and the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance in mind, they prepare to embark on the journey of crafting yet another treaty to negotiate the Soviet threat. Even though the ashes of World War II have cooled, new tensions run hot around the globe. The war is over. Now the hard part begins.

During these diplomatic discussions, the committee will choose to face either topic A, International Security, or topic B, Organizational Expansion & Administration. Each of these topics focuses on fundamental issues surrounding the formation of NATO. Regardless of topic, there will be limited crisis elements.

In discussion of topic A, delegates will deliberate, draft, and evaluate potential agreements regarding collective defense between members of the NATO alliance. There are a number of challenging issues the delegates must decide. What sorts of actions against an individual state should warrant military action by members of NATO? Can these agreements be made without violation of national sovereignty? What should be done in cases of violence between member states? Can proactive military measures ever be justified? In order to create an effective alliance, these questions must be answered.

In discussion of topic B, delegates will have to consider the future of NATO as an organization, assuming they successfully create it. They will have to decide how much say each member state should have in the organization. Moreover, delegates will need to tackle the issue of expanding NATO. If NATO is open to future expansion, what process would new member states need to go through to be admitted, and what rights do those new member nations have within the organization? These policy decisions will greatly affect NATO’s standing as a political body on the world’s stage. Delegates will have to debate not only the internal power structure of NATO itself, but also how NATO acts as a global political entity.


Committee Members

  •  United States
  •  Belgium
  •  Canada
  •  Denmark
  •  France
  •  Greece
  •  Iceland
  •  Italy
  •  Luxembourg
  •  Netherlands
  •  Norway
  •  Portugal
  •  Spain
  •  Turkey
  •  United Kingdom