Spratly Islands Dispute
Chair: Tiffany Cheng
Co-Chairs: Jason Barajas
Crisis Directors: Arthur Wilkie
Nassef Mohsen Ali
Position Papers will be due to the Committee Email below on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by 11:59pm and should be no longer than one page per topic, single-spaced.
In order to be eligible for awards, delegates must submit position papers to the Dias.
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Philippines Cabinet, 2017 [CRISIS]
Newly elected President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has assumed control of a country that finds itself in a very unique position in nearly every way imaginable. At the forefront of his agenda is resolving the decades-long Spratly Islands disputes, where the decisions that he and his cabinet will make could impact the future of the Philippines' relations with China and other states in the region surrounding the South China Seas
The Spratly Islands are an economically and strategically important area, being a top fishing and commercial shipping area in the world. Surrounding countries would get an extended continental shelf if their claims were recognized. However, in recent years China has looked to establish large, artificial islands in the area, which has led to concerns from the surrounding countries over their goals to control the region. Being one of the most heavily militarized areas in the world, any potential issue could draw the United States into protecting the interests of their allies and treaty partners in the Philippines.
As the cabinet for Duterte, you will be assessing potential solutions and providing recommendations as to how to navigate through the situation and avoid conflict.
Crisis staff will be keeping a dynamic flow in the committee throughout the weekend by introducing crisis updates that will enrich the main crisis story. Our staff will also be representing all entities not in the room, which may include, but is not limited to, the people of the Philippines, the international community and all government members not in the committee.
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