Isolation vs. Integration: The Shaping of Future Identities

In many ways, developments of the 21st century marked the start of an era of openness, an era of greater connectivity and integration. After years of conflict and notably the first World War, the League of Nations had commemorated one of the first attempts made by the international community to create a platform for cooperation. Its failure, therefore, that manifested in the form of the second world war, and the creation of the United Nations as a better equipped successor, laid the foundations for collaborative growth for the future. Or so it appeared.

 

While globalisation proved its virtues to a great degree, the challenges of an interconnected world too became increasingly evident. The peace that came with economic interdependence and universal commitments to fundamental ideals such as human rights has appeared shaken at its core several times in the recent past with a rise in national populist, often extremist political parties and activists, open trade wars between superpowers, and developments such as “Brexit” that pose an open challenge to the very foundations of international political and economic unions. The question that arises is whether these developments indicate a final, yet temporary form of resistance to a largely integrationist world order, or whether they are mere warnings for what is to come in an increasingly isolationist future? This year at LHIMUN, our committee simulations will aim to address the different dimensions of this conflict as future generations bear the responsibility of determining the course of our futures. 

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