Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)


Eun Soo Kim
Korea, Republic of

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Singapore Model United Nations 2017

Committee: Disarmament and International Security Committee

Delegation: The Federative Republic of Brazil

Topic 1: The Question of Espionage

The act of espionage has been widely used by nations as a means of gathering intelligence, especially confidential information. However, the act of espionage intrudes on a nation’s sovereignty and violates privacy rights of the target, unlike intelligence gathering. Gathering intelligence is crucial for a nation to prevent threats to the safety of the nation, especially when terrorist attacks have become so prevalent recently, and thus The Federative Republic of Brazil does not condemn nations for wanting to be prepared for any such events. However, nations must note that intelligence can also be gathered through open sources, and the implications that come along with the use of espionage.

Because inter-state espionage is considered a breach of national sovereignty and privacy rights, in addition to the practice being forbidden by the Charter of the United Nations, nations keep espionage activities a secret. In the case that any such activities are discovered, it sours relations between the involved ...