March 2015: The conflict in Yemen has escalated into an all-out civil war. Major powers are taking sides, with the United States and most GCC countries, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia supporting the legitimate Hadi government. However, the Houthi Rebels have captured the city of Sana'a, and are marching south towards the city of Aden, possibly with help from Iran. So far, the United States has only provided logistical support the Hadis. However, the violence in Yemen is escalating, and AQAP and ISIL have added additional challenges to the conflict. In order to maintain the balance of power in the region, it may become necessary for the United States to take more direct action, especially if the Houthis and their allies gain the upper hand. It will be up to the United States Central Command to determine the best course of action to take, maintaining diplomacy while securing the United States' interests in the Middle East.

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Chair

Elizabeth Reid

Crisis Director

Jeffrey Yoo

Elizabeth Reid is a fourth year from Ashburn, Virginia double majoring in archaeology and politics and hoping to attend law school after graduation. She got involved in Model UN her second year after transferring to UVA, and has since been a Vice Chair for both VAMUN and VICS and is a part of UVA's travel team. Outside of Model UN, she is also involved in the Washington Society and Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity on Grounds. In her free time, she enjoys kicking a soccer ball around Carr’s Hill Field, watching the Tottenham Hotspurs or the Green Bay Packers on TV, and discussing (debating) politics and international relations instead of studying.

Elizabeth Reid is a fourth year from Ashburn, Virginia double majoring in archaeology and politics and hoping to attend law school after graduation. She got involved in Model UN her second year after transferring to UVA, and has since been a Vice Chair for both VAMUN and VICS and is a part of UVA's travel team. Outside of Model UN, she is also involved in the Washington Society and Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity on Grounds. In her free time, she enjoys kicking a soccer ball around Carr’s Hill Field, watching the Tottenham Hotspurs or the Green Bay Packers on TV, and discussing (debating) politics and international relations instead of studying.

Jeffrey Yoo is a second-year from McLean, VA who is double majoring in economics and computer science. His other interests include history and politics, which is why he is drawn to serving as a crisis director for VAMUN. At UVA, he is part of the Virginia Fencing Club and serves as an investigator for the University Judiciary Committee. On his free time, he spends too much time watching Netflix or movies, but he still sometimes tries to read a book.

Jeffrey Yoo is a second-year from McLean, VA who is double majoring in economics and computer science. His other interests include history and politics, which is why he is drawn to serving as a crisis director for VAMUN. At UVA, he is part of the Virginia Fencing Club and serves as an investigator for the University Judiciary Committee. On his free time, he spends too much time watching Netflix or movies, but he still sometimes tries to read a book.