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paper for the First General Assembly

topics to be considered in the first general assembly are “Strategies for
countering cyber warfare in the digital age “and “instituting measures to
control and monitor illicit flow of small arms and light weapons” both topics are
the roots of issues affecting several countries all over the world. The first
general assembly is in charge of covering topics that are linked to
international security.

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I.    Establishing strategies for countering
cyber warfare in the digital age:

The impact of
technology worldwide is remarkable, technological advancements constantly
achieve outstanding and considerable benefits; yet these achievements can be
the key to cybercrime when misused. Cybercrimes have been occurring too often
globally, starting from online theft to online organ trade.

 Lebanon isn’t as well introduced to the cyber
applied science era as much as other countries are due to its instability and
the hold up in electing a new president, however the Lebanese government set
making the country more familiar with cyber issues as a main aim and is putting
in a significant amount of effort to accomplish that aim. Authorities believe
that the right starting point was raising awareness towards the issue and it
was achieved by distributing a survey to almost 635 students, educators, and
managers which included a questionnaire to test their apprehension regarding
new technology. The survey helped in collecting an overwhelming amount of data
to acknowledge the state of Lebanese citizens with cyber warfare which helped
the Telecommunications Regulatory Authorities in the process of buying new
equipment to be well resourced enough to train newbies in becoming cyber
experts. Furthermore, two anti-cyber-crime forums were conducted by “Al-Iktisad
w Al Aamal” which brought together over 500 professionals including bank
employees, IT workers, security experts and software developers to increase
their awareness about technology and how to work with it.    

The government
is also working with the Ministry of Telecommunications on the expansion of
networks and including the private sector in providing services and the
Euro-Mediterranean network of Regulators, which is an organization that means
To go about as a gathering for general dialogs and trades of data for its
Members on issues identifying with electronic correspondences in addition To
screening the improvement of the electronic interchanges in the Mediterranean
territory. Furthermore, Lebanon gave important bits of knowledge to the World
Summit on the Information Society, sorted out by the ITU and facilitated the
Nineteenth International Conference on Telecommunications in 2012. All in all
the Lebanese government is trying to put in maximum effort to deal with this
issue since cyber warfare plays a huge role in the future even if some may not
see it.

II.    Instituting Measures to Control and Monitor
Illicit Flow of Small Arms and Light Weapons:

Weapons are tools
to secure protection, and power. However, when they’re abused for the interest
of certain parties, they turn into a destructive implement for individuals and the
society. The violation of the law for sales and the trade of weapons have been
a direct reason for crimes and death.

  Lebanon has suffered through a fifteen-year
civil war which ended in 1990, however, Lebanon still struggles with the
aftermath which was proven by the occurrence of several clashes, a part of the
aftermath, was the increase of rates of illegal arms dealing. Considering that
the sales widely dropped when the government decided to fight against illegal
arms dealing when it was on the rise for 2 years straight, this was the
statement made by a Lebanese arms dealer when he was arrested .he also stated
that raids by the police were befalling too often and gun dealers wouldn’t
usually deal in periods with high rates of raids.    

With a new
president in position, Yacoub Sarraf the new minister of defense was hired, who
set a rule that obligates any gun shop to identify the information of the
buyer, number of guns being sold, and the criteria the gun falls under, each
time a gun is purchased. This law may be considered a simple one to other countries,
yet in Lebanon, it has never been introduced since the previous ministers of
defense barely showed any concern. Regarding the borders of Tripoli, they’re
considered to be the closest borders to Syria, which is why Syrian refugees use
these borders to venture into Lebanon. Many Syrian gun dealers were caught
smuggling firearms into Lebanon, the arrested gun dealers would get their
weapons seized and a prison sentence depending on the type and the number of
weapons being smuggled, this reduced the number of Syrian smugglers trying to
sneak weapons through the borders, Despite of the highly destructive impact of Digital
law violations ,illegal arms dealing, and other life matters affecting the
citizens and the nation, the Lebanese government is trying to deter major
obstacles with all means available.

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