The centerpiece to the SUNIA experience is the Mock Security Council that is held on Friday. Throughout the week, counsellors help students prepare to represent the foreign policy of a United Nations member state serving on the Security Council, with a focus on a specific topic. Students will learn the procedural rules of the Security Council from the councilors. They will also have one-on-one time with the councilors to learn about their assigned country's foreign policy, as well as the matrix of international relations that their countries inhabit. Students will come out of SUNIA with basic knowledge of international relations as it applies to the Security council.
This Year's Topic - The Situation in Syria
The Syrian Civil War has been raging on for 5 years. In that time many new factions have risen up to take arms against the Assad Regime. One of these factions is ISIS which have been very successful in recruitment, fundraising and land acquisition. They have also launched many terrorist attacks abroad most prominently the recent attacks on Paris. This war has also lead to the displacement of millions of people who have refugee abroad to nations already too bloated with refugees. They have also been travelling to European nations which have created an identity crisis for some European Nations, while others simply can not handle the influx of the population.
While students are not required to do any studying or research prior to SUNIA, below are some short videos explaining the basics of the conflict.
Below is a list of countries on the Security Council and observer nations that you will be able to represent at the Model Security Council on your last day at SUNIA.
Security Council Permanent Members: China, France, The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Security Council Non-Permanent Members: Angola, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Observer Nations: Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Greece.
2015 – The Question of Palestine
2014 – The Situation in Mali
2013 – The Situation in Syria
2012 – The Situation in the Western Sahara
2011 – The Situation in the Middle East
2010 – The Situation in Somalia
2009 – The Situation in Afghanistan
2008 – The Situation in Iraq
2007 - The Situation Concerning Ethiopia and Eritrea
2006 - The Situation Concerning Lebanon and the Middle East
2005 - The Situation Concerning the Sudan-Darfur
2004 - The Conflict in the Western Sahara
2003 - Rebuilding Iraq
2002 - The Situation in the Middle East, Including the Palestinian Question
2001 - The Situation in Iraq
2000 - The Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
1999 - The Situation in Kosovo
1998 - The India - Pakistan Issue
1997 - The Situation in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa
1996 - The Civil War in Liberia
1995 - The Conflict in the Former Yugoslavia
1994 - The Situation in North Korea
1993 - The Cambodian Conflict