Model United Nations Project
In this project, we as a class explored a series of current world issues and how they are analyzed by the most well-known international peace-keeping organization; the United Nations. Each student was assigned a country to research as well as its views on our issues of focus, although myself and one other were assigned the role of U.N. chairs, in which we presided over the conference sessions as well as authored the issue briefs which the class studies before delving into a topic (my issue briefs on each issue which we studied can be found below). We commenced with an exploration of the North Korean nuclear missile crisis, and the students were faced with the studies of first analyzing the provided issue brief to this subject, then with writing a policy paper which emphasized their assigned country's viewpoints on the subject. In this process, the students explored realistic solutions to this issue which were based along their country's viewpoints as well as research which corresponded with previous U.N. actions and responses in this area. This information was later compiled into a paper under the format of a U.N. resolution, which consists of a description of the issue as well as a proposed solution, and from these the chairs elected four to be present on the U.N. conference docket, intended to be debated and voted upon in our practice M.U.N. conference. The final exhibition functioned in the same manner of process but focused on another issue; that of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This final was executed in the same fashion as an actual U.N. conference and the entire process sponsored both skills of critical thinking and collaborative skills through compromise, the former being achieved in the students' analysis of the presented issues as well as their finding of realistic and applicable solutions while the latter was achieved through the actual debates as well the diplomacy which served as its counterpart.
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