CUUNA Newsletter Week 3 (25 Oct 2014)

I hope you enjoyed our debating sessions so far and you are looking forward to the following ones. As President of the Society, it is also a good moment to mention that we will be having elections later in mid-November and if you are interested in being part of the new CUUNA Committee or CUIMUN Secretariat please write a manifesto and get in touch with us on Facebook or e-mail me at I have attached our CUUNA Constitution which describes all the available roles and their afferent responsibilities.

I would like to recommend you these opportunities because they will develop your management skills and make you an effective team player. It is also worth mentioning that such an experience will look absolutely fantastic on your CV regardless of what you’re studying. I’m an engineer and I can say that employers have looked very well at what I did as CUUNA President.

Last but not least, it is worth mentioning that you will make friends for life from across colleges in Cambridge that you will end up considering as family like. This being said, please do get in touch!

Alexandru Boţu
CUUNA President


Australia’s Policy Towards Asylum Seekers

A big thank you to everyone who came to our last debate on Australia’s policy towards Asylum seekers, which proved to be very interesting indeed.

This week’s debate is on what is probably the biggest issue in international politics now – the rise of Islamic State and what to do about it.Controlling large swathes of Syria and Iraq and threatening even more of the region, IS represents a significant threat to the international community which will require coordination to tackle effectively. This is easier said than done, however. Although IS has its fair share of enemies, comprising nominal enemies as well as natural allies, getting them on the same page regarding some of the unanswered questions surrounding military intervention in the region will be difficult.

How much should outside actors intervene militarily in the region? How can regional and global actors work with the UN to protect minorities? What should be done about the factors which gave rise to IS? What happens, after all is said and done, to Kurdish-majority regions now dominated by IS? Come to the debate to propose your own answers to these pressing questions!

Jack Smith
Debating Officer