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Special Political and Decolonization SPECPOL— GA4

GROUP: GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Topic A: Discussing the ramifications of French postcolonial policy in West Africa, especially considering the impact of the CFR Franc and the current political situation in Niger.

Topic B: Tackling the global illicit trade of cultural artifacts.

Overview

Topics

Topic A

Discussing the ramifications of French postcolonial policy in West Africa, especially considering the impact of the CFR Franc and the current political situation in Niger.

Topic B

Tackling the global illicit trade of cultural artifacts.

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Topic Descriptions

Topic A

This topic requires an in-depth exploration of the complex and enduring effects of French colonialism in West Africa, particularly examining the CFA Franc and the political landscape in Niger. The CFA Franc, a currency used in many former French colonies, symbolizes the enduring economic ties and dependencies between France and West Africa. It raises questions about monetary sovereignty and economic development. The examination of Niger's political situation offers a case study of how postcolonial legacies shape contemporary governance and social dynamics. This topic demands a comprehensive analysis of historical colonial policies, their long-term economic impacts, and the contemporary push for greater political and economic autonomy in the region. It's an opportunity to understand how colonial legacies continue to influence present-day politics and economics in West Africa.

Topic B

Addressing the illicit trade in cultural artifacts requires a broad and deep understanding of the issue that spans legal, ethical, cultural, and historical dimensions. This trade often involves a network of illegal activities, including looting, smuggling, and selling stolen cultural property. The discussion includes the impact of this trade on the preservation of cultural heritage, the role of international and local laws in curbing these activities, and the ethical implications of artifact repatriation. The global nature of this issue calls for an analysis of how conflict zones become vulnerable to looting, the role of international markets in driving demand for these artifacts, and the challenges in tracking and returning stolen items. This topic also touches upon the responsibility of museums and private collectors in ensuring the provenance of artifacts and the need for international cooperation in preserving cultural heritage.

Chairpersons

Tudor Serban (he/him)

Cermak Alesia (she/her)

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