Amanda Wasserman

Amanda is a rising sophomore at Harvard studying Romance Languages and Literature and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Amanda is a proud citizen of the United States, Brazil, and Italy and grew up between Tulsa, Oklahoma and Parkland, Florida. Amanda's love for Model UN dates back to high school, and over twenty conferences later, she can’t wait to bring her love of MUN to Lima this January. Amanda has studied Arabic for two years and will happily tell you how much she loves it anytime. Outside of MUN, Amanda loves to do research, listen to pseudo-edgy music, and volunteer at a bilingual elementary school. In her free time, you can find her binge-watching Black Mirror, shamelessly channeling her inner nerd with Duolingo, or using her favorite word, “thriving,” excessively. Amanda is so excited to explore Perú with the wonderful HNMUN-LA team and meet the amazing delegates who will be at conference!

Topic: Online Drug Trafficking

Online drug trafficking is one of the most pressing issues in the international community. Although policymakers and researchers have worked to combat the illicit drug trade for years, the explosion of the Internet and online marketplaces has made the drug trade increasingly difficult to control. Governmental action has previously been geared toward shutting down online marketplaces, but drug manufacturing and trafficking remain woefully unaddressed. Latin America is a crucial region for drug production and drug trafficking; the Andean region serves as the world’s major cocaine producer and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean are key corridors for the transport of drugs into the United States and Europe. It is necessary to address these production and transportation mechanisms as a prerequisite to discussing online drug marketplaces themselves. Key questions, however, remain open for this committee to answer. What is the best way to shut down drug manufacturing in countries where drug production comprises a massive sector of the economy? Is it possible to regulate the sale of drugs online without regulating e-commerce as a whole? Most importantly, how can the diverse set of countries reconcile their conflicting viewpoints and craft a unified set of solutions to this issue?