League of Arab States


Dear Delegates,

It is my honor to welcome you to the sixty-sixth session of Harvard National Model United Nations! My name is Delaney Hurley, and I am a rising sophomore at Harvard. As I return to staff my sixth model government conference, I am thrilled to be directing my first ever League of Arab States on a topic that is near to my heart.

My passion for languages led me to study abroad in Oman four years ago, where I fell in love with Arabic and Middle Eastern culture. Since then, I have been putting my Arabic skills to use by sponsoring Syrian refugees in my hometown and working at refugee camps in Bulgaria during my gap year. In an effort to prepare myself for meaningful work in a similar field, I study Government and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Harvard, focusing on Modern Middle East Studies and Modern Standard Arabic. Outside of academics and HNMUN, I am involved in more politics- and debate-oriented activities than any one person ever should be. After years of high school competitions, I found my home on Harvard’s Intercollegiate MUN team and competed at the conferences NCSC, LAMUN, and ChoMUN during the 2018-2019 academic year. I also compete on Harvard’s parliamentary debate team and coach debate for students in the USA and abroad. Lastly, I staff Harvard Model Congress’ conferences for high schoolers in Dubai, Madrid, and Boston to give students a taste of government simulations while not-so-secretly hoping they also discover the wonders of Model UN somewhere along the line.

The League of Arab States gives us the unique opportunity to debate Arab matters in a context without the dominant global powers that often drown out the voices of those closest to the issues. All members of the body will be represented in this double-delegate committee, including observer states that will bring valuable perspectives to the table.

I look forward to digging deeper into the complexities of post-conflict state rebuilding and discussing an area of the world that I truly love with all of you brave delegates. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or just to say hello!

All the best,

Delaney Hurley
Director, League of Arab States

Topic Area: Post-Conflict Restoration of Syria

US $226 billion in GDP lost. One in three houses and one in two hospitals and schools destroyed. 78 percent youth unemployment. 13.1 million citizens in need of humanitarian aid. Millions displaced internally and abroad. As Syria moves into its ninth year of conflict among civilians, the government, and Daesh, the country is almost unrecognizable when compared to its former prosperity. In this committee, we will spend four days taking a deep dive into essential questions about Syria’s fate upon emerging from this conflict. There is no shortage of issues to debate: the terms for Syria’s readmission to the League of Arab States after years of suspension, economic restoration to give Syrians a livelihood, physical reconstruction of destroyed infrastructure, prevention of future resurgence of conflict, and more. Join us for a weekend of lively, meaningful debate on one of today’s most important crises.