Delegate Name: Braydon Hoeksema
Disarmament and International Security Committee
Proliferation of Ballistic Missiles
Forest Hills Northern High School
The recent proliferation of ballistic missiles and the accelerating technological advances make these weapons more accessible and attractive. New assets of missiles and related technology by countries including China, India, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States pose challenges towards decelerating this proliferation of ballistic missiles. The missile technology control regime (MTCR) has been known to be a valuable counter to this rapid missile proliferation. As more nations continue in the race to develop more ballistic missiles, they contribute to the risk caused by the increasing spread of ballistic missiles. The MTCR is a viable option to help reduce the risk caused by proliferation.
Romania signed the ballistic missile defense agreement on September 13, 2011, which created the legal basis for Romania to host the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System on its territory. The Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System is designed to protect European NATO allies and U.S. forces in the region against growing threats posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles. This system is intended to be entirely defensive and shows Romania’s commitment to supporting NATO forces on its territory. This defensive missile base in Romania secures more protection for NATO from outside ballistic missiles, resulting in the excessive proliferation of ballistic missiles.