In the country of Yemen, a group of warriors fights for freedom. For years, the Shia Houthis have lived under an oppressive, Sunni-led government in Yemen. Now, under the leadership of the recently formed Supreme Political Council, the Houthis have taken Yemen's capital of Sana'a, and advance south towards the port city of Aden. The Hadi Government currently receives guns, aid, and support from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. The Houthis lack the same resources, which could be provided by us, the Iranian Armed Forces. The question, honorable members of the Iranian Armed Forces, is to what degree are we willing to help our Shia Brothers in Yemen in their fight for freedom, and if so, do we announce so publicly? This is what you will be forced to answer in the coming years.

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Chair

Joana Buck

Crisis Director

SHai Cohen

Joana is a second year from Richmond, VA, planning on studying Commerce and Foreign Affairs. She fell in love with foreign affairs after her first Model UN conference in high school (which happened to be VAMUN.) Last year, she acted as Assistant Crisis Director for WGSS in VAMUN and VICS. During summer 2017, she studied international relations in Brussels, Belgium, the mecca of international affairs for the EU and NATO. During Spring '18, she will be headed to Viña del Mar, Chile to study Spanish and Latin American politics. Outside of IRO, she can be found at the barn where she rides for the Virginia Riding Team or at the International Residential College. She is more than excited to Chair for WGSS this fall and welcomes any questions delegates may have! Feel free to contact her at jmb4mk@virginia.edu

Joana is a second year from Richmond, VA, planning on studying Commerce and Foreign Affairs. She fell in love with foreign affairs after her first Model UN conference in high school (which happened to be VAMUN.) Last year, she acted as Assistant Crisis Director for WGSS in VAMUN and VICS. During summer 2017, she studied international relations in Brussels, Belgium, the mecca of international affairs for the EU and NATO. During Spring '18, she will be headed to Viña del Mar, Chile to study Spanish and Latin American politics. Outside of IRO, she can be found at the barn where she rides for the Virginia Riding Team or at the International Residential College. She is more than excited to Chair for WGSS this fall and welcomes any questions delegates may have! Feel free to contact her at jmb4mk@virginia.edu

Shai Cohen is a Third Year from Bergenfield, New Jersey, studying Political and Social Thought, and Middle Eastern Studies. He is very interested in international relations, especially regarding military and paramilitary operations. His primary focus in world politics is the Middle East but is also interested in US-China relations and US-North Korea relations (or lack thereof). Outside of IRO, Shai spends a lot of his time as a volunteer firefighter at the local fire department. Last year he was a Crisis Staffer at the VICS conference and looks forward to being a Crisis Director at this year’s VAMUN.

Shai Cohen is a Third Year from Bergenfield, New Jersey, studying Political and Social Thought, and Middle Eastern Studies. He is very interested in international relations, especially regarding military and paramilitary operations. His primary focus in world politics is the Middle East but is also interested in US-China relations and US-North Korea relations (or lack thereof). Outside of IRO, Shai spends a lot of his time as a volunteer firefighter at the local fire department. Last year he was a Crisis Staffer at the VICS conference and looks forward to being a Crisis Director at this year’s VAMUN.