A Rift in the Gulf: Persian Gulf Crises, 2017

Chair: Lavanya Rajpal

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: Lavanya Rajpal is a member of the Class of 2019 in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.  She is from the San Francisco Bay Area but has previously lived in Australia, Japan, and India, and spent the last year studying in France and Morocco. She is pursuing a degree in International Politics with minors in International Development and French. Lavanya has been involved in Model UN since high school and has previously staffed both NCSC and NAIMUN. Outside of Model UN, Lavanya interned in California in the government sector and in D.C. at a security studies think tank, where she is known as the ‘Middle East intern.’ In her free time, she enjoys baking (and eating) cupcakes and watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine and various British TV shows (Sherlock, Downton Abbey, the Baking Show).

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.