Security Council

President’s Letter:

Delegates,
We all remember those summer “sandbox days” spent with other children in a box overwhelmed with the urgency to play. Feeling the burning hot sun above our heads, we played- claiming territories, building castles and destroying others, laughing and crying over toys, making friends and foes. This, delegates, is a snapshot of the United Nations Security Council. A tightly-maintained sandbox with our world’s major powers claiming ownership over toys and castles as we, the millions of particles of sand, bear witness. Yet, the unquestionable difference is that our sandbox is tainted with problems and sticky wars that have taken us all captive. The undeniable truth remains that, although it’s a dirty mess, the only way out of it is through.
In our KAMUN17 forum, we will dive into the sweat and mud that have disrupted the once peaceful sandbox, because we can either follow the footsteps of current UNSC or pave our own. The three topics we will be discussing are not only all impending conflicts in need of solutions, but are also problems that have sprung from ideological, economical and political clashes of agendas and mindsets. Our theme in KAMUN17, is “At What Cost?” A question that lays at the core of the Yemeni Houthi vs Saudi Arabian-led coalition war, a proxy war in which Shia- Iran and Sunni- Saudi Arabia have utilized Yemen as a battlefield for a political fight over power. Or at the soul of the struggle international containment of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS), forcing us to ask whether the international efforts to contain and eliminate a terrorist group have actually become one? And even in the century long Kurdish struggle for the creation of an Independent State in Syrian territory, we must ask at what cost will the state be formed? And what is the cost of not continuing a war against it? The world’s largest conflicts that have forced millions to flee their homes and killed thousands of others spring from simple agendas clashing. Our job is to untangle these agendas and remodeling them cleverly, maybe even sneakily, into a balanced equation to bring peace to the sandbox.
Best,
Sara Awad
President of the Security Council

Sara Awad
President of the Security Council

Email: saraawad17@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 9865 5373

Topic 1: The Saudi-Yemeni Conflict.

Being the Arab world’s poorest country yet a vital part of the world’s trade routes, Yemen is suffering one of the greatest conflicts between the Houthi rebels and the supporters of Yemen’s internationally recognized government. The war really embodies an ancient proxy war between Iran represented by the Houthis and Saudi Arabia represented by the Hadi government, and it is this war that has triggered one the greatest humanitarian crisis of the century. Yemen is too often overlooked in contrast to the greater condition of the region, but today Yemen is fading away with thousands dead and millions more displaced. Our mission is to salvage the country by recognizing the demands of the Houthi government, ending the air strikes of the Saudi Arabian government that have cause the Arabian government to be blacklisted for violations against children rights in the UN and to study the Houthi Yemeni conflict since its beginnings in 2004 in aims to find a solution that will bring peace to the torn country.

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Topic 2: The International Containment of ISIS.

Over the past four years the name “ISIS”, “ISIL” or “Daesh” (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has echoed around the world sparking a mixture of fear and urgency. Today ISIS is considered the number one international threat and despite all the efforts from the world’s major powers- U.S, U.K, Russia and many more-the dose not only stands undefeated but continues to grow. Over 2016 alone, the group has carried out over a hundred attacks internationally. ISIS is a lot like a fire that has sparked in the world, and if we to ever stop this fire, we must contain it. Most efforts in the ISIS opposition have focused on attacking ISIS in Syria and Iraq, however this has only promoted the ISIS ideology that the “west” and western influenced countries are the bad guys attacking Sunni-Islam and attracted more followers. In our KAMUN17, we are going to ask questions like: what has been the cost of this U.S-led campaign? Will it yield results similar to previous U.S interventions in the area? Why is it not succeeding? What is fuel power for ISIS internationally? And finally, what can we do contain the group?

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

As the largest ethnic minority in the world, the Kurd’s future will affect the whole region, specifically Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. At the moment, there are over 20 million Kurds living in a self-proclaimed area they called “Kurdistan”, which is made of territory from western-Iran, northern-Syria, northern-Iraq and South-eastern Turkey. With two major Kurdish resistance groups, the YGP and the PKK, the Kurds are gaining more power fighting for the official establishment of an independent country, a country which will includes territory from what is now Syria. Today, the Kurdish resistance is the group capturing most territory from ISIS and the regime, which makes them the most stable group in the war-torn Syria. As the group gains power, influence and international support from major world powers they have the actual opportunity to seize more territory and build with it their autonomous state which threatens any chance of sovereignty for a future Syria. Depending on how the Kurdish agenda plays out in Syria the surrounding countries will be negatively or positively affected. In our council, we will try to find a way to utilize this stability without corrupting it, as well as gain vision on the future of the Syrian and Kurdish autonomy.

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