This year, ILMUNC Vietnam will feature a unique historical United Nations Security Council. The year is 1990, and tensions in the Middle East are mounting at an alarming rate. Iraq, having signed off on a UN-brokered ceasefire to its long-running war with Iran only two years prior, is at the throat of yet another one of its neighbors: Kuwait. Falling oil prices and a slowing economy have led Saddam Hussein to target Kuwait in increasingly heated speeches as he moves troops towards Kuwait’s border, stoking international fears of all-out armed conflict between the two. It is up to members of the United Nations Security Council, to devise a plan that will preserve peace, or if need be, defend it.
I am honored to welcome you all to the second annual Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in Vietnam. My name is Nicholas Strauch, and I will be the Crisis Director of the United Nations Security Council this year. I can’t wait to get to know all of you over the course of this weekend.
I am currently a junior in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania. I was born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany before moving to Philadelphia for college. I’ve been involved with Model United Nations since high school, and one of the first things I did once I got to Penn was joining our traveling competitive team and ILMUNC Philadelphia. Being a member of the International Affairs Association has been one of the biggest and most rewarding parts of my college career.
Regarding the committee, I have always loved crisis committees because of the way they force delegates to think on their toes and prepare for drastic shifts in the topic of debate on a moment’s notice, all while maximizing their impact on committee events behind the scenes. As a Crisis Director, I love creative, thoughtful, collaborative crisis notes - the more inventive and well-researched the arc, the more likely I am to approve it and take note of your efforts.
Beyond the substantive aspects of committee, I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about college, Penn, MUN, or life in general. Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments, and get ready for an amazing weekend!
Welcome to the Committee on the Persian Gulf War (1990) at the second iteration of ILMUNC Vietnam! My name is Morgan Taylor and it is my honor to be your chair for the duration of this conference. I hope that you will enjoy your time here and that you will leave filled with great memories! The whole staff has been working tremendously hard to deliver one of the International Affairs Association’s best conference yet.
Let me begin by introducing myself. I am a Sophomore studying Health and Societies, Biological Basis of Behavior, and Healthcare Management in the College and Wharton at Penn. I am from Connecticut, forty-five minutes away from New York City. I’ve been involved with the IAA since I arrived at Penn first joining UPMUNC branch which organizes the college MUN conference. I’ve had the chance to be a senior staffer at ILMUNC and I couldn’t be more excited to continue.
I hope that you’ll enjoy the thought provoking topics during committee. I look forward to hearing innovative solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. I hope that the topics will stimulate your interest and creativity. I have the utmost confidence in your abilities to produce lively debate and discussion. If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to reach out! I can’t wait to meet all of you!