3rd ASEAN defence ministers Meeting plus, 2015
Chair: Arisa Herman
CM: Pat Walsh
Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, 2015 for the Third ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus! You will be in great company, alongside nations who are influential global players, economic powerhouses, and great cultural giants. The future is yours to chart, and ASEAN remains a critical commitment toward collaboration and joint-action in pursuit of common cause. The agenda is packed; as Defense Minister, you are tasked with securing your nation for your future prosperity and protecting from any threat, whether external or internal.
The challenges to that secure future are vast and growing immensely. Islamic State-inspired extremist movements are beginning to increase their operations in Malaysia, and Indonesia. Doctors reported MERS-CoV in Thailand, and the Philippines, with warnings of more potential outbreaks and underprepared infrastructure. Piracy in the Strait of Malacca and the Celebes Sea threaten global commerce and movement throughout the region. ASEAN has demonstrated the importance of collective, multilateral action against common threats: will you rise to the occasion and overcome these threats to chart a secure future for Southeast Asia?
About the Chair: Arisa Herman is a member of the class of 2020 in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics with a concentration in International Law and pursuing a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. Trust her, she knows how ridiculously SFS she is. She is from objectively the best state in the union: California, although she’s begrudgingly gotten used to D.C. over the years. Over the past three years, Arisa has served as a Director and a Chair for numerous NAIMUN and NCSC committees. Outside of Model UN, Arisa can be usually found avoiding her various responsibilities by exploring the District. When not in class or doing her extracurriculars, Arisa enjoys ranting about the Rome Statute, complaining about the lack of good Mexican food in D.C., and extolling the virtues of the west coast to anybody who will sit still for more than 5 seconds.
About the Crisis Manager: Patrick Walsh is a member of the class of 2021 in the School of Foreign Service. He is currently majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Biotechnology & Global Health, with an Anthropology minor. He’s from Watertown, a lovely little city right outside Boston, MA. Over the past two years, Patrick has been a Crisis Analyst, and Crisis Manager at his last two NCSC’s, as well as Rapporteur and Deputy Under-Secretary General of the National Security Apparatus at NAIMUN. He’s a big fan of crisis committees, and will work to ensure you have an engaging, wild, and intellectual weekend. When not staffing, Patrick likes long walks up Georgetown’s hills, long naps in his dorm, and the occasional long Spotify playlist to get him through the day. He also loves to talk about how challenging yet rewarding student government can be, why mental health and self-care is important, or how he once saw Chris Christie in person walking around campus.