It can be daunting to even begin getting an idea of what your country thinks about an issue. Here are some tips to help you get started.
1 – Try your country’s government website. This will provide most information you need about your country’s policies. For instance, if you go to Canada’s website, you can find all sorts of stuff. A good way to start is to go to the Resource Center drop-down menu and click on A-Z index. From there you can look through the list of topics to find topics relevant to your committee’s topic.
2 – For less developed countries, you may need to get creative. A good idea is to go to their site anyways, find what you can and extrapolate. For instance, Somalia’s site has a whole page on UN Failures. From the mere existence of that page, you can guess that Somalia may take UN resolutions with a grain of salt and may not be the first in line to volunteer resources to the UN.
3 – If you know an official language of your country: Take advantage of it! The website is probably much better in an official language than in English. Another idea is to start with factual information. Use something like the US Department of State to find facts about your country.
4 – The news is a great place to get information about what’s happening now, both around the issue and around your country. For instance, BBC, CBC, Al Jazeera, New York Times and CNN are all great sources for general information related to a topic. To find out more about what your country actually thinks, see if you can find the national news network.