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.

Former Topics

  • 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