Special, Political, and Decolonization Commmittee


Krishna Gall
United States

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Krishna Gall and Jessica Mansur SPECPOL Committee Boston University Colombia Delegation

Topic A: Statebuilding

SPECPOL traces its proud genealogy back to the 1990s, when one of the international community’s chief concerns was facilitating the peaceful transition of colonial countries to become free and independent states. Although much progress has been made towards building a stronger global community, the terrible legacy of colonialism still weighs heavily on previously exploited peoples across the globe. It takes only a glimpse of a fragility index map to realize that many of the failed, or failing/deeply troubled, states of today were historically colonial possessions, abused for extended periods of their history. Libya, Syria, North Korea and even our beloved Columbia suffer from the brutal legacy of colonialism.
As our assembly gathers to debate the topic of Statebuilding, it is critical to understand the history of the very states we are trying to salvage. Often times many of the troubled countries, that have proven to be chronic problems for the international community, are artificially contrived states, designed for economic exploitation by their previous colonial masters. Notably, as evidenced by the combustible past two decades in international affairs, fissures within problem states can remain suppressed by a variety of strongmen and dictators, Saddam Husseinand, Muammar Ghaddafi and Bashar Al Assad the quintessential examples. In two of these three failed states, the United States and her allies orchestrated regime change, once with and once without the approval of the United Nations. As we ...