The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is an alliance of 28 member states across North America and Europe that constitutes a system of collective defence; its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party. The member states form the North Atlantic Council, a body that makes the decisions in NATO. Each action must be agreed unanimously.
The Model NATO simulates the North Atlantic Council. It is open to 28 high school students (each represents position of one member state) and it is run in English. This offers a unique chance to develop negotiation and presentation skills, argumentation and further knowledge in International Relations and to deepen language abilities at the same time.
This year’s Model NATO will start with the current issue of the Islamic State. The participants will learn about the current situation in the region, the possible outcomes in the near future and their state’s position. The second one will focus on the European Union and its maritime cooperation with NATO. How do the relations of these important organisations look like? What are the details? The last one is the accession of Georgia to NATO. The participants will talk about the possible enlargement, whether it is the right time or not and what would be the benefits or disadvantages.
The Model NATO team is looking forward to meeting its new ambassadors!