Proposed Agenda Item (I)

'Identifying Threats - China's Rising Economic and Military Power'

The U.S. relations to China suffer from strategic ambiguity. Although their economies are closely tied, America and China see each other as arch rivals, especially as China is closing the economic and technological gap and advancing its geopolitical interests. Should the U.S. deepen its cooperation with China or brace for confrontation?

While making its policy recommendations, the Committee should take in account that there are potential threats posed by other nations or entities such as ISIS, Russia, Iran, North Korea or Mexico (a country that is bigly dangerous according to the current U.S. President). This is intertwined with the agenda of the Budget Committee discussing the National Debt Crisis and the Joint Economic Committee focusing on expanding America's economic potential in the future.

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Proposed Agenda Item (II)

'Capturing Opportunities - Booming Africa'

Africa is now being called the youngest continent. It has the fastest growing population in the world and also some of the fastest growing economies. But with many African countries off the democratic track, massive humanitarian crises and violent conflicts, this may rather create opportunities for migration and terrorism than development and trade. Should the U.S. significantly scale up its presence on the continent, especially if China seems to be on the largest investment spree in history?

This is obviously linked with the agenda of the Budget Committee and the Joint Economic Committee, especially from the perspective of assessing the importance of international trade and cooperation in improving America's economy.

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