League of Arab States

Dear Delegates,

Hello, and welcome to the League of Arab States!

My name is Adil Bhatia, and I am a sophomore studying Applied Mathematics at Harvard College. I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but I also lived in New Delhi, India, for two years. Throughout high school, I participated in mock trial and loved the quick-thinking and public speaking skills I gained from the experience. When I came to Harvard, I found that the Model UN community on campus is full of wonderful people who are just as exciting and passionate as my mock trial team, if not more so. As a freshman, I served as an Assistant Director for both HMUN and HNMUN and very much enjoyed meeting delegates who were so dedicated to becoming our world’s future leaders. MUN is a very important part of my life, and I truly believe in its ability to cultivate in young individuals the attitude and ability required to lead our world into the future.

I am especially excited to be your Director for the League of Arab States. I believe that in today’s society, many people make broad, outlandish claims about Arab nations without any real knowledge about the problems being addressed in these countries. I chose to direct this committee to emphasize the need for comprehensive discussion concerning the issues in these Arab states from both an internal and external perspective.

In my guide and in committee, we will investigate the ever-changing economic, political, and social climates in the Arab nations and discuss plans of action so as to decrease tension within the region and educate the international community about the League’s commitment to solving their own issues as peacefully and effectively as possible. I hope you embrace this opportunity to delve more deeply into the complex variety of factors involved in having meaningful debate in this committee, and I look forward to hearing your ideas regarding these topics.

Adil Bhatia
Director, League of Arab States
Harvard National Model United Nations 2018

Topic Area A: Decreasing Global Dependence on Middle Eastern Oil

In recent years, major countries like the United States and Canada have begun moving away from purchasing Middle Eastern oil and toward bolstering their own domestic production, creating more competition within the global oil production industry. As a result, countries within OPEC and neighboring nations have been adopting different ways to finance their operations, given that oil prices have been declining for some time now. The decreasing revenue flow into these nations has also raised the pressing question regarding how to redistribute income among Arab nations within OPEC and how to shift focus to renewable energy sources with the help of Arab nations outside the organization.

Additionally, ethnic and religious conflicts between nations in the League of Arab States could further complicate these economic problems. These inherent differences will certainly make committee discussions difficult, but the urgency of the matter demands that members in the committee work toward some form of compromise for the sake of each nation’s financial situation.

Topic Area B: The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Currently, the refugee crisis in Syria is headlining international news, as more and more people are trying to escape the terror and destruction caused by the Assad regime. The League of Arab States needs to discuss this issue because it no longer affects only Syria. Russian and American intervention in the region has shaped the world’s perspective on this crisis, and in European countries like France and Germany, refugees have not been received well on the whole. Their ability to escape Assad’s dictatorial regime becomes meaningless because of the lack of integration available to them in societies around the world, an issue that stems from the general, preconceived notions many people hold about the Middle East. To prevent further misunderstanding and mischaracterization on behalf of the global community, the nations in this committee need to discuss ways of addressing the internal issues within Syria for the sake of the Arab states as a group.

The refugee crisis has become a sensitive issue for many people around the world, so this committee needs to overcome its inherent religious and political differences in order to effect change in Syria and on the global perception of the Arab community as a whole. Accomplishing this task will require detailed and specific discussion, but the current perception of Arab states in the Middle East as an extremely chaotic region of the world necessitates action from the countries in the League themselves.