Kick-start Your Research
In Model UN, you’ll be discussing some of the hundreds of topics available, which can be intimidating! Most research sourcing talking about these complex global issues are written for scholars and professionals, not students! However, we’re hoping to make that process much easier for you. By focusing on the five main sections of research for Model UN, you can walk into committee armed with all the knowledge you need to represent your country and write an incredible resolution.
Know your country – History, and motivations
At the bare minimum, when representing a country, you need to know your past, your interests and the red lines you cannot cross. This does not mean you need to learn everything since the second World War. Instead, when learning about yourself, focus on four key things:
Current political affairs
Learn about the topic/agenda of discussion
A good guide should give you an understanding of the issue by the end of the introduction. Others require you to read further. Sometimes you need to do your own research. However long it takes, by the of the process you should know the specifics of:
Where? (if relevant)
When? (if relevant)
Know your committee very well
When researching make sure to take time to learn how your specific UN committee works. It is a suggestion to find answers to the following questions:
What does your specific body do? (Does it send troops? Disarm? Help children? World hunger? Alternative energy?)
What is its history / major past actions it has done?
This is important because it sets precedents for what is allowed/encouraged. Is
what you’re offering new or an extension/improvement of what was?
What is it doing now? Updated data, current projects, upcoming aspirations
What are its limitations?
Know what are your powers and what resources you can give
Research of allies and opponents
Learn who is “obviously” on your side. There are endless possibilities to find common ground if that is what you need. The reason to work together can be a military alliance / similar government-type / past experience / trading partner / common enemy / region / religion, etc.
Learn who is “obviously” against you. Sometimes it is strategically of value to create opponents for the sake of a better discussion. In such cases, when researching, map out which countries would need to be against you, and why, to keep yourself and your policy central to the discussion.
Keep Data and Facts handy
Be familiar with, and write down, current statistical data about your topic and country.
The names can be anything from the names of cities and regions to chemicals to treaties to politicians.
The numbers can range from GDP and Population to a country’s unemployment rate to the child mortality rate to the percentage of women in politics.
Along with sorting the information, and taking notes, write down a few practical policies which come to mind while researching. The policies, which should lead to some form of improvement on the current status quo, should be based on your research and ideally be in the find resolution you pass. These policies, and their desired outcomes, should:
A. Solve the problem
B. According to your interests
C. In a way you think you can realistically achieve
You may use these source to gather the above information/data