Historic United Nations Security Council 1979 (UNSC)

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Historic United Nations Security Council 1979 (UNSC)

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Chair: Adarsh Balaji

Crisis Director: Elaine Miao

Topics:

1. Iranian Revolution and its Consequences

2. Israeli Aggression in the Middle East

Letter from the Chair

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Greetings Delegates,

My name is Adarsh Balaji and I will be serving as your Chair for the Historical UNSC at BruinMUN 2018. I am a senior pursuing a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Biomedical Research, and I aspire to go to graduate school to gain a PhD. Model United Nations has been a part of my life since my sixth grade, and I have had the pleasure of extending my experience with MUN at UCLA.

The UNSC has often been regarded as the pillar of the United Nations due to the body’s ability to both call for and take action on issues. This gives the UNSC its importance and respect as a body within the UN, and it is our job to ensure that we treat this committee with high attention and detail. Our committee will be simulated in a ‘open-agenda’ format, meaning that any global issue that occurs during our timeline is up for addressing by the committee - however, we shall endeavor to aid debate by focusing on a few important events during this time, and gradually expanding outwards to include a global perspective as the committee continues.

The Iranian Revolution has had many consequences that can still be felt today, due to its importance in transitioning the Iranian government into a theocratic state that has drastically changed middle-eastern politics. Similarly, Israeli aggression in the Middle East is another contentious topic that has wide-ranging impacts that not only affect the nearby region but extend to a global scale due to the allies that partake in both sides. Both of these topics will be brought up during committee, and it is up to the committee to decide on an appropriate global action that will be taken to address these issues. In addition, our crisis team led by the wonderful Elaine Miao, our Crisis Director, will ensure to keep you on your toes by providing intriguing crisis updates that will help stimulate debate through the events and crisis arcs that have been engineered by our fellow delegates.

I look forward to seeing you all in November - until then, please feel free to reach out to us at our official email to discuss any questions you may have about this committee.

Adarsh Balaji | Chair

Letter from the Crisis Director

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Dear Delegates,

Welcome to BruinMUN 2018! My name is Elaine, and it is a pleasure to serve as your crisis director for the historical UNSC. I am a fourth-year studying political science and public health. I began participating in Model United Nations at the ripe young age of 14. Since my first conference, where I debated as the Minister of Agriculture in the Cabinet of Somalia, I have fallen in love with the activity. In college, I have been active on our competitive travel team as well as with our conference organization, and am currently one of UCLA’s head delegates.

Hailing from a small suburb outside Boston, Massachusetts, I am a die-hard Red Sox and Patriots fan (sorry, everyone, but the East Coast is just better). However, I’ve also lived in Kansas, New Jersey, and San Diego throughout my childhood. When I’m not in class or at MUN meeting, I am likely singing in my a cappella group, struggling to complete my Arabic homework, cooking, or watching the Handmaid’s Tale. After college, I will be working for Teach for America in New York for two years, before applying for law school! Yes, the idea of graduating and becoming a real adult in the big world is as daunting as they say it is.

Since its conception, the United Nations Security Council has been a key player in resolving intra-national conflicts. 1979, especially, was an extremely exciting year in international relations and conflict. While a typical Security Council format is open agenda, ours will focus most on two topics: the Iranian Revolution and Israeli aggression. These issues are extremely intricate; mixed into the Iranian Revolution are consequences of undue American meddling, fights for gender equality, and growing power of the educated youth. With Israel, of course, self-preservation has played a role as well in its offensive foreign affairs strategy, but Western intervention also plays a key role. The Middle East is definitely in a volatile state, and it is up to us to mediate in the face of post-colonial Western imperialism. The best of delegates will be able to bring together conflicting nations and emphasize the value of peace over contradictory interests, in order to break up the bubbling tensions in the Middle East. If we fail, we will see firsthand the massive international and instantaneous consequences.

This activity helped me discover my passions and find my voice. I hope this weekend will help you find yours too. I am extremely excited to read your research and listen to your debate this fall. See you there!

Elaine Miao | Crisis Director

Email: hunsc@bruinmun.org