The theme of this crisis committee is "Future 2030: Race for Resources in the Arctic." The committee will examine the Arctic in 2030, a time when the international landscape has changed significantly and the world is desperate for additional resources. Be prepared to discuss global warming, opening the Arctic's vast resources, and the Northwest Passage.
The setting is as follows: The race for resources among major powers has already begun. With climate change melting the polar ice caps, the Arctic will soon become an even more important region for resources. Many states, however, have competing claims in the Arctic, and given the wealth of resources available, the race for the Arctic has the potential to produce significant tensions. While there are currently some international efforts to ensure the region is peaceful, the militarization of the Arctic has clearly started and competition will likely increase. Relatedly, international transport lanes – the Northwest Passage in particular – will also become a heated topic as global warming continues.