The Conflict in Yemen started out in 2014, when Houthi rebels supporting the ousted president Ali Abdul Saleh, attempted to take control of Yemen. Three years on, the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition have been locked in a stalemate. Neither side has made significant military advances, but the civilians have bore the brunt of the conflict nonetheless. As the fighting continues, the death toll climbs to thousands as the country is subjected to abject poverty, disease and drought. As has been the case with Middle Eastern conflicts, the prospect of an end to the conflict in Yemen seems distant, due to the underlying geopolitics characteristic of the Middle-East.
Middle-Eastern states have long relied upon their reserves of fossil fuels as means of generating revenue for their state. However, although this practice has been extremely profitable in the past, a variety of factors such as the large scale production of shale oil and sinking oil prices, have brought into question the sustainability of the practice. In response to this, states like the UAE and Saudi Arabia have been aiming to reduce their dependence on oil, by diversifying their economies. To do this, these states are doing all they can to attract foreign investors – a prime example being Saudi Arabia reversing its long-held policy of Wahhabism in favour of moderate Islam. However, while the more economically developed states in the Arab League have had less of a difficulty in their diversification efforts, less economically developed states, many of which are recovering from past military conflicts, require assistance to do so.
As delegates of the Arab League, you will get to discuss and propose strategies that you think are best suited to helping Middle-Eastern states diversify their economy. Delegates are encouraged to consider the methods in which less developed countries can be helped in creating non-fossil fuel revenue streams.
Head Chair: Asaad
Co-chairs: Zaiyang, Izaac Tay
Asaad is a Y6 student currently studying at Raffles Institution. Having started his MUN career in HCCRI 2017, he has since been part of over 5 conferences as a delegate. Taking the most boring subject combination out there – PCME, Asaad finds MUN conferences a welcome break from the pages of equations he sees on a daily basis, as it allows him to further his interest in international geopolitics and current affairs. While not explaining the difference between his name and that of the Syrian dictator and attempting to smoke his way through Economics essays, he can be found watching sports he doesn’t actually play and being buried in tutorials. Chairing for the first time, Asaad hopes that the delegates of Arab League will enjoy their time in council debating, proposing solutions and making compromises. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zaiyang is currently a Y6 student at Raffles Institution. His MUN journey started in 2016 as a delegate and had participated in more than 10 conferences since then. He also served as the deputy press chair in RMUN 2017. Being a science student, MUN allows him to explore his interest in politics and current affairs as a co-curriculum pursuit. With an international background and a different perspective, he is also motivated to learn more about the world from others through the clash of ideas with his peers who are also as passionate about MUNs. He hopes that delegates of the Arab League will have a exciting yet enriching experience. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
A Y5 student taking the hybrid combination PMEL in Raffles Institution, Izaac Tay can also be considered a hybrid of a jock and a nerd. He started his MUN journey as a delegate in this same conference two years ago, and has come back to haunt pass on what he has gained from MUNs thus far. When not juggling between his three CCAs, Izaac can be found enjoying good food or filming worthless videos or sleeping (usually this). He hopes that delegates will have an enjoyable time in council, and would like to remind delegates to always keep their grass short. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.