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Meet your Director, Cameron Cantelmo!

Cameron is a senior political science and economics double major in the Honors Program and UConn Special Program in Law. He was the Secretary-General of his high school’s Model UN club, was the Assistant Director of DISEC for UCMUN XVIII, and was the Topic Specialist of ILC for UCMUN XIX and of UNSC for UCMUN XX. Cameron worked for the office of Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District in the spring and summer of 2018, addressing constituent concerns regarding legislative issues and federal agencies. He hopes to attend law school in D.C. after he graduates and is primarily interested in environmental and immigration law. Outside of UCMUN, Cameron has served as Treasurer for UConn College Democrats and works at UConn Department of Student Activities as an Administrative Assistant. Additionally, Cameron enjoys debating politics, collecting maps, hiking, and listening to folk music. He is very excited for this year’s conference, and hopes that his committee effectively addresses some of the world’s most pressing security threats. Please feel free to contact him at cameron.cantelmo@uconn.edu with any questions.

 

Meet your Topic Specialist, Kylee Dostie!

Kylee is a senior political science student minoring in human rights, with a focus on foreign policy and government relations. She was previously on the Press Corps and served as topic specialist for the World Food Programme. She is a Husky Ambassador and spends her free time reading, hanging out with friends, researching, and catching up on her latest Netflix binge. She is hoping to share her passion for international relations and policymaking with her delegates and is looking forward to great debates. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email her at kylee.dostie@uconn.edu!

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Topic A: International Travel and Terrorism

Terrorism and international travel have been linked since the advent of modern terror groups. While some of the worst terrorist attacks, such as 9/11, were the result of the hijacking of domestic flights, all of the hijackers first travelled through legal means into the United States. Furthermore, current claims about physical border security and its relation to terrorism have been brought up in regards to the construction of physical barriers to entry. Additionally, many international travelers follow their nations’ guidance in regards to travel security and terrorism. A combination of border security, better screening of visa applications, increased intelligence sharing, and clearer travel guidelines may be necessary to implement to reduce such threats. The Counter-Terrorism Committee seeks to analyze where nations can improve in making travel recommendations, airport security, and physical border security safer while still respecting the rights of all international travelers.

Topic B: Non-State Financing of Terrorist Organizations

According to the U.S. Department of State, certain rogue states, such as North Korea and Iran, are state sponsors of terrorism. Furthermore, certain western nations, such as the United States, have been known to fund paramilitary and extremist organizations across the globe, according to a study done by Brown University. However, these organizations also find funding through non-state actors, either through self-finance, illegal trafficking, or other criminal means. In cases such as Afghanistan, groups such as the Taliban rely on illicit opium production as a major source of revenue. At its peak control of the Middle East, ISIL was able to achieve an income of around 2 million dollars per day through its oil trade. Groups such as Hezbollah, which are political parties independent of their nations’ government, are also known to transfer funding into terror groups. As such, the Counter-Terrorism Committee seeks to curtail these methods of funding and work with each member state to come up with comprehensive plans to combat the funding of terrorism groups.