ABOUT MUSNC SALIENTMUNSC Salient is an interdisciplinary youth conference organised by the MUN Slovenia Club (MUNSC) and under the aegis of the United Nations Slovenia Association (UNAS). Created in 2015, its aim is to foster critical dialogue among young professionals and equip them with the necessary analytical and practical skills to effectively address the challenges of the 21st century.
We seek to achieve this through a combination of interactive engagement with experts from a variety of fields and rigorous hands-on exercises, such as simulations, workshops, roundtables and lectures, all cantered around the principles of creative thinking, knowledge dissemination, inclusiveness and sustainability.
Salient, as well as MUNSC and its parent organisation UNAS, are all non-profit undertakings, financed entirely from small grants and yearly sponsorship contracts. As the only international youth conference of its kind the wider Central European region, Salient offers its patrons not only a platform for raising the public’s awareness of their own work but also a medium for actively engaging with young professionals and already established experts from around the world. By 2020, Salient hopes to become one of the leading European youth platforms for identifying and critically engaging with the most pressing societal challenges of our age.
MUNSC SALIENT 2018: THE SECURITY PARALLAX
At Salient 2018 we will be taking a closer look at the notion of security and its meaning in the 21st century. Days when security was framed strictly in military terms are long past. Today, security is often defined separately within specific sectors (e.g. energy security, health security, food security, water security, cyber security), while also taking more cross-sectional (e.g. urban security) and sometimes even somewhat intangibly comprehensive forms (e.g. livelihood security and human security).
Regardless of the respective idiosyncratic sectoral definitions, the fact of the matter remains that contemporary societal processes remain inextricably intertwined, with no single dimension being entirely independent of the wider political, economic, scientific, technological or legal context. In relation to our goal of re-assessing the meaning of security this observation necessarily begs the following questions:
- Does the notion of ‘security’ still possess some universal essence, found across different definitions and understandings of the term?
- How are different understandings of ‘security’ related to one another – are they compatible, perhaps mutually reinforcing, or do they tend to diverge and in some cases even be at odds with each other?
- Can some forms of security be considered more important than others, and if so, are they related in a more rigidly hierarchical fashion, or do lines between them nevertheless remain at least to some extent blurred?
- Taking into account the modes of production and the societal constellation of power as they exist and shape societies today, can it be said that ‘security’ of different social groups around the world is mutually compatible, or does the wellbeing of one group sometimes depend on reduced security of other groups? If so, is there a way of redefining the notion of security, to make the wellbeing (both individual and collective) of people and groups across the world dovetail more neatly?
- Are more traditional understandings of security (e.g. defined in military or more classic realpolitik terms) in any way still applicable to today’s global political and economic context, and if so, how have they evolved over the years?
- What are some forms/definitions of security, that for the time being remain at the fringes of our attention, but could in the future feature much more prominently in our daily practical deliberations?