DISEC Committee

The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), also known as the First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations, handles threats to world peace. Since each nation-state puts sovereignty, national security and self-interest first, states have a tendency to try and maximize their power over others. What results is a perpetual imbalance in power. Whether this power be military, economic, or political, DISEC’s role is to ensure that despite this imbalance, the UN as a body continues to uphold global security and peace. As stated in Article 11 of the UN Charter, this committee seeks to “consider the general principles of cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, including the principles of governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments.”


Mark Rook

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC Vietnam’s Disarmament and Security Committee (DISEC)! DISEC is the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly and concerns itself primarily with matters of international security. With disarmament and global stability representing one of the world’s foremost concerns, I hope that you will learn much from the upcoming conference.

My name is Mark Rook and I will be serving as your Chair this year. For a bit of background information, I am a junior at Penn majoring in International Relations and Economics. I was born in Hungary, lived in Indianapolis for most of my life, and currently reside in Boston. To ensure that nobody knows where I’m going or what I’m saying, I currently have three citizenships and speak six languages. When I’m not traveling the world, I enjoy playing and watching soccer.

During our simulation, our goal is to engage deeply with future and reform of the international system through two topics: The Question of Foreign Military Bases and The Demilitarization of Disputed Territories (namely, the Arctic).  I am thrilled to see what creative solutions you can come up with to tackle this session’s challenging debate topics and look forward to meeting you all!


Mark Rook