United Nations Security Council
In December of 2003, 200 militants attacked police stations in the Nigerian state of Yobe, near the Niger border. It would be Boko Haram’s first attack. Since then, the group has organically increased its influence in the region by attacking prisons and releasing inmates, bombing military barracks, and destroying religious sites. The presence of Boko Haram has grown globally, and the group has paved alliances with ISIS and gained the attention and concern of the international community.
Boko Haram has become one of the most pressing issues facing the United Nations Security Council, with more than 30,000 people forced out of northeast Nigeria by escalating attacks and many of the original 276 girls kidnapped by the group in 2014 still missing. The Security Council must deal with the growing threat of Boko Haram in an effective, decisive, and conclusive way.
Hello! My name is Usman, and it is my honor to warmly welcome you all to the sixty-sixth session of Harvard National Model United Nations. I have the distinct pleasure of serving as the committee director for the United Nations Security Council— a committee that challenges delegates to combine creative crisis arcs with a high level of debate relevant to world politics. This year we will be discussing the incredibly pressing issue of Boko Haram in Nigeria and West Africa.
I am a sophomore at Harvard College originally from Lahore, Pakistan. My experience navigating college life in the US as an international student has informed my interest in international relations. After starting Model UN in high school, I was committed to further exploring political and cultural perspectives in the world through this incredible activity. At Harvard, I compete nationally with Harvard’s competitive Model UN team, along with staffing both HNMUN and HMUN, HNMUN’s sister conference for high school students.
Outside of Model UN, I am an analyst for Harvard’s sustainable consulting group, and the programming chair for a conference on social entrepreneurship. I intend on concentrating (Harvard’s term for major) in Applied Mathematics and Economics, and eventually going into politics back in Pakistan. As you might have inferred by now, I am a big fan of economics/climate-change related crisis arcs, so extra brownie points for creativity along those lines (just kidding, maybe not, we’ll see).
I would also like to convey how important it is for me to make sure that the UNSC is a welcoming environment for all those interested, irrespective of background or identity. I look forward to working with you all soon— feel free to reach out for any questions or recommendations you might have.
Thanking you and best regards,
Muhammad Usman Omer
Crisis Director's Letter
My name is Davis Tyler-Dudley, and I am looking forward to serving as your crisis director for the United Nations Security Council in this year’s Harvard Model United Nations. I am currently a sophomore living in Kirkland House concentrating in Social Studies, an interdisciplinary field of study similar to other universities’ Philosophy, Politics, and Economics majors. I am also pursuing a secondary in Neurobiology with a possible language citation in Russian. I was born and raised just south of Birmingham, Alabama where, somewhat surprisingly, my education brought me into contact with a great number of people with a wide range of diverse and international backgrounds. Making friends with students from other countries or those whose parents had immigrated gave me a broader perspective on many things and amplified my preexisting interest in international affairs. I am now heavily involved in many different extracurricular programs within the International Relations Council here at Harvard, all of which have provided me with a good excuse to keep up my hobby of learning foreign languages. In my time not spent in class or with the IRC, I can usually be found practicing piano, working on policy recommendations with the Harvard Institute of Politics, or singing with my a cappella group, the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones. In the world of collegiate Model UN, I currently serve as a Head Delegate for Harvard’s team and would love to talk about anything related to the activity.
I believe that the topics we will address in this committee will provide an interesting simultaneous focus on both regional and global issues. The issue of terrorism in West Africa has a multifaceted set of underlying causes based on the conditions of the region, but it also connects to a range of other topics in international security that tie into the changing face of the Global War on Terror. I expect to see creative solutions and dynamic responses to the fast-paced crisis environment that delegates will enter in this committee.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me. I look forward to seeing all of you soon!
Crisis Director, United Nations Security Council