Meet your Director, Alyssa Pagan Hagearty!

Alyssa is a sophomore majoring in political science. This is her second year with both UCMUN and DISEC, having previously served as assistant director for the committee. Alyssa has worked as a Bennett Research Assistant and hopes to pursue her own comparative study on ethnicity inclusion in the census. In her spare time, she enjoys playing cello, painting, and hiking. Please reach out to her at with any questions.


Meet your Topic Specialist, Caleb Benedict!

Caleb is a sophomore pursuing a dual degree in political science and marketing, and plans to earn an MBA after graduating from UConn. This is his second year participating in UCMUN, having previously been an assistant director of the World Health Organization, and is excited to be the topic specialist of the Disarmament and International Security Committee. When he isn't rock climbing or running, Caleb is competing on the UConn Travel Model UN team at Yale, McGill, Mount Holyoke, and other universities. Outside of Model UN, he is an Eagle Scout and a member of the UConn Outing Club, the Husky Ambassador program, the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, and the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He is looking forward to UCMUN 2018, and encourages delegates to ask him question at


Topic A: Arms Trade to Areas in Conflict; With Special Reference to Yemen

Yemen is experiencing an exceptionally difficult humanitarian crisis, and the urgency of the issue calls for debate about the armed proxy war in the area. Since the Arab Spring, Yemen has experienced multiple government turnovers in a power struggle between the Houthi Rebels and the Yemeni Government. DISEC’s responsibility is in debating the disarmament of the area internally and externally. In February of 2018, the UN Security Council renewed Resolution 2216, which puts an arms embargo on Yemen. Despite this resolution passing there is still a need for debate on the general arms trade and support to Saudi Arabia, the leading force in the military campaign in Yemen. The arms trade in this conflict is liable to be involved with war crimes, but the arms industry is a billion-US dollar enterprise that is difficult to dismantle. To address this issue, DISEC must focus on efforts countries can do to decrease arms trade as well as ways to disarm the area if the conflict is resolved in the future.