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Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)

Topics:

  1. Preventing Use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
  2. Improving International Security Crisis Communications
  3. Reconciling Use of Unmanned Air Vehicles for International Security with International Law

Your Chairman: Mo Khatib

Background

    DISEC is the principle global forum for countries to address issues of war, armed conflict and armaments.  It deals with some of the same issues as the Security Council, but works more broadly to set global disarmament priorities, policies and goals. DISEC resolutions are politically and morally binding, not legally. It can request and appeal for state action. Unlike the Security Council it cannot demand action.
    As the technology of war evolves, DISEC targets global attention on the weapons and policies it thinks most dangerous and destabilizing. Some governments are convinced that nuclear disarmament is overwhelming and must come before any other action. Others want to focus on more immediate killers like landmines and cluster munitions. Some believe only threats from states are the business of the UN system, others think terrorism is equally important.
    Like most UN bodies, the committee tries to work through consensus whenever possible, to insure as much international support for its recommendations as possible. But often compromise is impossible, a reality reflected in voting patterns.

President Muffley speaks to Premier Kissoff in Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)