Historical Security Council (HSC)
Topic: On the Future of Nuclear Weapons, January 1946
On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.” This committee is an imaginary historical security council taking place in January 1946, the first month of the security council’s existence, and aims to explore the possibilities, and dangers, of the nuclear bomb and offer the world some authoritative guidance on its future use--only five months after its destructive potential was starkly revealed to the whole planet, and before the Cold War was irrevocably set in motion.
The position paper deadline is January 29, 2017
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