Semester 172 BMUNC Sign Up
When: Friday, 9 June, Week 4
Time: 3 – 6pm
How to MUN: 2:30 pm
Location: Case Study 1, Law Faculty, Bond University, Bld 4_3_41
Sign Up: REGISTER or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is BMUNC?
BMUNC is our very own Bond Model UN conference and the best place to hone your public speaking, diplomacy skills, learn about a current issue facing the international community and engage in some hilarious IR banter. As ever, the #BMUNC twitter feed will be the place to be for said banter. If that isn’t enough excitement, we are on the look out for promising new talent to join our AMUNC (Asia-Pacific Model UN) delegation and other domestic Model UNs! To be considered, participation at BMUNC is crucial.
Absolutely no experience is required, we’ll teach you everything you need to know – get involved and give it a crack!
171 Topic: Sex and Human Trafficking Prevention
In January 2017, The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report analyzing the purported claims that Russian officials interfered and influenced the recent US election which saw Donald Trump elected as President of the United States. The report included findings from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) and concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 with a clear preference for President-elect Donald Trump. The influence campaign focused on undermining the appeal of Hilary Clinton by discrediting her and contrasting her unfavorably against Trump.1 It is reported that Putin and the Russian Government paid social media “trolls” to influence the public and hacked into US systems to retrieve information on the election.
However, this is hardly the first time a country has interfered, or tried to influence, the outcome of another country’s election. According to Dov H. Levin, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie-Mellon University, the US has influenced over 80 elections between 1946 and 2000 whilst Russia has influenced 36 cases. 2 The US election system faced another dimension of influence in the 1990s when China funded sources for the Democrats.3 However, China is not the only country to fund another party, the US has been seen funding various parties from Northern Ireland to Portugal to Poland in the 1980s.
Canadian Sir William Stephenson, chief of British Security Coordination responsible or SIS operations in North and South America detailed in 1999 that even Churchill’s government went to extensive efforts to promote Britain’s cause through the United States by deploying radio and print propaganda. So how do we stop this issue? Delegates – it’s time to discuss, negotiate and formulate a solution!
1 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/06/us/politics/document-russia-hacking-report-intelligenceagencies.html?_r=0 2 http://www.npr.org/2016/12/22/506625913/d
This is an example working paper to start with for BMUNC to focus on debate rather than writing.