The Organization of American States

Founded in the aftermath of the Second World War, the Organization of American States (OAS) is a consortium of thirty-five nations across the Americas, collaborating and cooperating to promote peace, protection, and prosperity amongst their members. 

In the wake of emerging scandals including the Panama Papers, the fall of Dilma Rousseff, and the economic meltdown of Venezuela, relations amongst the OAS are now more vital than ever before. In the midst of these controversies, states must begin to reconsider their commitments to the organization, redefining what it means to be a part of the Americas, and addressing questions of national sovereignty, foreign intervention, and the global macro-economy. 

Noting rising instability in the Americas, the Office of the Secretary-General has tasked the OAS with addressing two topics:

1. Internal Human Capital Development

2. Foreign Intervention during Political Instability

As a specialized committee focusing on a very narrow field, the OAS predisposes itself to ambitious delegates with a developed interest in the Americas and a strong knowledge of current events.

To be eligible for individual awards, delegates in GA committees are required to submit a position paper. Each delegate should submit a one-page paper, single spaced, to their chair via email by 11:59 pm on November 24th, 2016. The delegate with the best research will also receive the Position Paper Award. For a sample paper, please click here