Crisis Committee

President’s Letter:

Delegates,

Most schools have some form of a student council. Some with legitimate power, but most with a ceremonial role. I always liked to think of it as a fascist state; the school trying to appease its people, the students, by providing some small form of political participation. My school had a system where each grade would elect 3 representatives all collectively holding a single vote, which they submit to the council.

This was essentially our parliament. The most common outcome of the meetings was each grade focusing on their own separate wants, seldom leading to any genuine reform. As we got older the system shifted from a parliamentary system within an authoritarian state to our own presidential government within the larger state; as if it was a nation. This included a President, Vice President, Treasurer, etc. Whenever the school had an upcoming event the council would discuss what they wanted to do, and together come up with a solution.

The significance behind this is how it can be applied to political institutions in the region. In Jordan the parliament is widely regarded as a “rubber stamp” to whatever the king wants. In Syria the votes nearly always end up to be 99% in favor of Al-Assad.

In Saudi, the various councils hold little significance in the face of the absolute power of the king, or at least they used to. The new king is suffering from mental illness and is incapable of ruling the country. What was once an absolute monarchy has very rapidly devolved into an oligarchy. The government now being run by councils such as our Council of Security and Political Affairs (CPSA). The members of this committees, who previously held little power, now determine both national and international policy, and will decide the fate of the country. Delegates, you are this council.

As KAMUN’17 approaches, you will transition from being citizens of an authoritarian state to being leaders of an authoritarian state. You will be responsible for solving the country’s outstanding conflicts. You will make the decisions of war and peace. You will have the chance to decide the nation’s future.

Yazan Aryan,

President of the Crisis Committee (King Salman Bin Abdel-Aziz Al-Saud)

Yazan Aryan
President of the Crisis Committee

Email: yazanaryan18@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 9700 2029

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Topic 1: The Saudi-Yemeni Conflict.

While there has been ongoing conflict in the region for over 3 decades now, the most recent conflict began in 2015. As another civil war began in the country the state continued to decentralize giving chance for rebel groups to rise, amongst these being the Houthis and occasional Kurdish forces. Having Yemen on their border means Saudi Arabia must ensure the new state does not pose any threat, therefore we must eliminate any possibility for a non-Sunni group will rise to avoid supranational warfare. For this reason, Saudi has partaken in a series of Airstrikes and blockades to weaken any forces that threaten the Saudi rule. We must find a solution that will allow us to minimize the use of force in the region, bring peace, and provide humanitarian aid to those affected.

For further information see SC Packet 1: link

Topic 2: The International Containment of ISIS.

The last two years have been marked by terrorist attacks carried out, or influenced, by ISIL; attacks have been seen in the United States, France, Côte d’Ivoire, Belgium, Turkey, Morocco, and even Saudi Arabia. In total, 1200+ people outside of Iraq and Syria have died through attacks. While military advances in the Middle East are successful, the organization is shifting from being a state to an idea, being picked up by many across the globe. Saudi has experienced some form of the terrorist attacks, and faces a large problem with their people leaving to support ISIL. This must all be regarded.

For further information see SC Packet 2: link

Topic 3: The Containment of the State of Rojava in the Syrian Civil War.

The state of Rojava is one of the major Belligerents in the Syrian war. They represent the Kurdish peoples which are the largest ethnic minority in the world. Saudi Arabia has made it clear that they support the formation of a Kurdish state in Iraq, it was even declared by General Anvar Majid Eshghi, in an unprecedented joint meeting with the Israeli officials. The reason for this is the stability it would bring to the region, and the safety it will provide to Saudi. The Kurds have been advocating for their own country since World War 1, and the war has given them a unique opportunity to achieve this. This can also be a means to control other forces in the region that Saudi opposes.

For further information see SC Packet 3: link