As-salaam ‘alaykum,

As most of you know, there is a civil war taking place in Yemen, a Middle Eastern country that has strategic importance that could greatly affect our livelihood. The Hadi Government, publicly recognized as the official government of Yemen, is fighting against the Houthi Rebels, now known as the Supreme Political Council after their capture and conversion of the Yemen capital city, Sana’a. The Hadi government is now forced to operate out of the port city Aden, an important source of economic activity for our country. The Houthi rebels are Shia Muslims and if they succeed in completely displacing the Hadi government, there will be another Shia government in the Middle East and our economic goals may be threatened. The influence of AQAP and ISIL, Iran (another Shia government), and other countries with motives to interfere in Yemen can impact the conflict and in turn, our country. It is now March, 2015 and we, the United Arab Emirates, must decide what our role will be in this civil war, whether it be as a player behind-the-scenes or as an active participant. As your Emir, I call for members of all seven emirates to convene, discuss, evaluate, and plan our position on the Yemen Civil War.

With hopes of our country’s prosperity,

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Please access the background guide for this committee here. 

Please access the dossier for this committee here. 

Chair

Vish Panagiri

Crisis Director

Arjun dwivedy

Vish Panagari is a second year at UVA from Herndon, Virginia and hopes to study Finance or International Trade in the McIntire School of Commerce. He has experience with Model UN from high school but realized, as a part of VAMUN last year, that he would rather experience the beauty of the conference as a part of the staff. Outside of IRO, Vish is a member of the College Council at the University and loves to spend all his free time watching soccer, heja bvb, and playing FIFA. Vish is beyond excited to Chair a committee this year and looks forward to a great weekend with great people.

Vish Panagari is a second year at UVA from Herndon, Virginia and hopes to study Finance or International Trade in the McIntire School of Commerce. He has experience with Model UN from high school but realized, as a part of VAMUN last year, that he would rather experience the beauty of the conference as a part of the staff. Outside of IRO, Vish is a member of the College Council at the University and loves to spend all his free time watching soccer, heja bvb, and playing FIFA. Vish is beyond excited to Chair a committee this year and looks forward to a great weekend with great people.

Arjun Dwivedy is a third year Economics and Statistics major from Great Falls, Virginia. Arjun has twice vice chaired for VICS and served as a secretariat staffer and vice chaired VAMUN before. Outside of IRO, Arjun is an events coordinator for Unsung People and is an active member of McIntire Sales and Trading Group. Arjun can’t wait to CD as a part of WGSS and is looking forward to meeting all the delegates and having a great weekend!

Arjun Dwivedy is a third year Economics and Statistics major from Great Falls, Virginia. Arjun has twice vice chaired for VICS and served as a secretariat staffer and vice chaired VAMUN before. Outside of IRO, Arjun is an events coordinator for Unsung People and is an active member of McIntire Sales and Trading Group. Arjun can’t wait to CD as a part of WGSS and is looking forward to meeting all the delegates and having a great weekend!