WASMUN 2020's Keynote Speaker: Professor Saadia Pekkanen
Professor Saadia M. Pekkanen is the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Professor of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Professor Pekkanen is an internationally lauded expert on space policy and law, the geopolitics of infrastructure investment, and the international relations of Japan. She has published a half-dozen books and her academic articles have appeared in journals such as International Studies Quarterly and the Journal of East Asian Studies. Professor Pekkanen directs the Space Security Initiative, a project seeking to link academia with military and international space policy, and co-chairs the US-Japan Space Forum.
Letter from the Secretary-General
Dear Delegates and Faculty Advisors,
I want to offer you an early welcome to Washington State Model United Nations 2020. I believe that participating in Model UN helps build internationally- and civic-minded citizens. Model UN also provides a place for students to develop practical skills, and to become avid researchers, persuasive writers, and confident public speakers. These skills will carry you far. For that reason, we aim to make WASMUN a low-cost and high-quality conference. Although the conference is several months away, our volunteer staff - all current university students or recent graduates - are hard at work researching and writing your background guides. At our 2020 conference, we're simulating seven exciting committees, from our signature simulation of the International Court of Justice to exciting new ones, like the International Atomic Energy Agency, that consider topics ranging from children and armed conflict and women's empowerment to nuclear safeguards in the Middle East. These committees and topics were selected after consulting with high school Model UN faculty advisors to capture the interest of the hundreds of students who attend our conference and to teach about cross-cutting issues - gender, youth, and sustainable development. I sincerely hope you all enjoy what we're preparing.
I must also thank and introduce the other members of the Secretariat who are a resource to myself, the staff, and to you for the next several months. Without their hard work and your support, none of this is possible.
Sabrina Suen, Deputy Secretary-General
Megan Eu, Director-General
Aliyah Petersen, Assistant Director-General
Gabriel Epstein, Under-Secretary-General for Public Relations
Zac Lim, Under-Secretary-General for Logistics