A Rift in the Gulf: Persian Gulf Crises, 2017

Chair: Erin Luck

CM: Meghna Sinha

On June 5, 2017 Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, citing the Qatari government support of extremism, specifically the government’s relationship with Iran. In the days following, Saudi Arabia and the UAE announced a blockade against Qatar, and Saudi Arabia expelled Qatar from its coalition leading intervention efforts in Yemen. Delegates will have to navigate these issues and decades of built-up tension, as Kuwait leads mediation efforts and leaders from around the world send their own representatives to close the rift. By balancing compromise and staying resolute in their stances, delegates will seek to address the future of hegemonic power in the Middle East.

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About the Chair: Erin Luck is a member of the Class of 2019 in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown from La Porte, Indiana. She is pursuing a degree in International Political Economy focusing on Latin America. At Georgetown, she has gotten involved with Model UN both as a delegate on the conference circuit and as a staffer for NAIMUN. She also serves on the staff of NAIMUN China, Georgetown’s conference in Chengdu. Outside of Model UN, Erin has interned around DC in the government and non-profit sector.  Erin also previously lived and worked in Las Tablas, Panama teaching English. She is excited to serve as your Chair for the Gulf Cooperation Council and is looking forward to creating an engaging experience for all delegates!

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About the Crisis Manager: Meghna Sinha, a San Francisco Bay Area native, is a member of the Class of 2019. She studies International Economics in the School of Foreign Service with a concentration in international commerce and finance. This will be her third NCSC and fifth time staffing, having twice staffed NAIMUN. She’s very excited for this committee as she spent the summer of 2017 at the State Department, where one of her duties was to assist her office’s Near East Affairs officer with coverage of the Gulf Cooperation Council rift. Outside of staffing MUN conferences, Meghna works as a research assistant to several professors. In her free time, she loves baking (and eating) pies and watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine and SNL.