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.

Chair

Jenna Witcherman

Crisis Director

SHai Cohen

Jenna is a 2nd year from Fairfax, Va, planning on studying Philosophy and Foreign Affairs. She took an Introduction to International Relations class last year and fell in love with the subject! She will be going to Jordan this summer to study Arabic, which she is very excited about! Jenna was CRISIS Staffer at the VICS Conference in Spring 2017. Outside of IRO, Jenna writes News articles for the Cavalier Daily and is involved in Sustained Dialogue at UVa, an organization dedicated to creating mutual understanding across lines of difference in identity and ideology. Looking forward to being a Chair for VAMUN this year! Please contact Jenna at jlw2fy@virginia.edu if you have any questions!

Jenna is a 2nd year from Fairfax, Va, planning on studying Philosophy and Foreign Affairs. She took an Introduction to International Relations class last year and fell in love with the subject! She will be going to Jordan this summer to study Arabic, which she is very excited about! Jenna was CRISIS Staffer at the VICS Conference in Spring 2017. Outside of IRO, Jenna writes News articles for the Cavalier Daily and is involved in Sustained Dialogue at UVa, an organization dedicated to creating mutual understanding across lines of difference in identity and ideology. Looking forward to being a Chair for VAMUN this year! Please contact Jenna at jlw2fy@virginia.edu if you have any questions!

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.