Asia Council

The straits of Malacca and Singapore are strategic zones, once they connect the Indian and Pacific Oceans and serve as global trade routes, corresponding to a third of the international maritime trade. About 120,000 ships and 70% to 80% of all oil imported by Japan and China pass by the straits each year. Thus, if maritime piracy in this region continues to spread, its repercussions may exceed the region of Southeast Asia, reaching Asia as a whole.

The Golden Triangle is the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers. The name "Golden Triangle"—coined by the CIA — is commonly used to refer to an area that overlaps the mountains of the three adjacent countries. Along with Afghanistan in the Golden Crescent, it has been one of the most extensive opium-producing areas of Asia, and of the world, since the 1950s. Most of the world's heroin came from the Golden Triangle until the early 21st century when Afghanistan became the world's largest producer. Some investigations has linked the opium production in these regions with financing of terrorist groups.

The Asia Council is a forum for Asia’s heads of state or government and key decision makers to deliberate on the challenges facing Asia. The council covers 48 sovereign states and 6 partially sovereign or dependent territories of the continent of Asia. The Asia Council’s Forum on Counter Terror Strategies deliberates to come out with innovative and smart strategies to contain all forms of terrorism, and in the V IBMR MUN, it will cover:

Agenda A: Piracy in Southeast Asia
Agenda B: War on drugs in the Golden Triangle

Maria Luiza Lopes (International Affairs, IBMR) - General Director
Alyssa Trotte (International Affairs, IBMR) - Deputy Director

Isabela Bouch (International Affairs, IBMR) - Deputy Director

Camila Benzaquen (International Affairs, IBMR) - Deputy Director

Language: English

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