Organization of American States
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the 1889 First International Conference of American States in Washington D.C. The OAS itself came into being in 1948 with the signing of the charter in Bogotá, Colombia. It was established in order to create, according to Article I of its charter, “an order of peace and justice, to promote their [the states of the Americas’] solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.” Since its founding, the OAS has brought together all 35 of the Americas’ independent states and continues to promote collaboration among these states in order to accomplish the goals encompassed in its four pillars: democracy, human rights, security, and development.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: Corruption in Democratic Elections
Topic B: Counterterrorism in the AmericasAvailable November 30, 2018
Letter from the Chair
Dear Honorable Delegates,
Welcome to JHUMUNC Session XXII! My name is Nicole Kiker, and I am honored to be your chair for the Organization of American States. I greatly look forward to navigating the topics we have chosen with you all, and gaining insights from one another through this experience.
I am from Westport, Connecticut, and lived there my whole life before I came to Johns Hopkins. I’m currently a sophomore, and I study Political Science and International Studies on a Pre-Law track. Outside of the classroom, I give tours and interviews for the Johns Hopkins Blue Key Society, tutor Baltimore public school students, and commute to Washington D.C. once a week for an internship at a lobbying firm.
This is my second year staffing JHUMUNC; last year, I was a dais for the International Organization on Migration. I participated in Model UN throughout all of high school, helping to create and develop a Model UN club throughout my four years. Due to the newness of our club, I was never able to experience a large, overnight conference like JHUMUNC, and look forward to making this the best experience possible for all of you.
Due to the complexity and seriousness of both of these issues, it is imperative that you all execute enough research to be able to participate meaningfully in the debate and resolutions on these topics. With proper preparation and participation, this should be a fascinating session, and I hope you are all as excited as I am.
Feel free to reach out to me at any time using my email listed below if you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, and I will get back to you promptly. Other than that, the dais and I can’t wait to meet you all and get started!
Chair, Organization of American States
JHUMUNC Session XXII