Published on February 10, 2019
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United States of America
Since the Six-Day-War, the United States has made several unsuccessful attempts in returning the Israeli and the Arabs to their territories outlined by UN Resolution 242. With the failure of so-called “Rogers Plan”, President Nixon tabled further efforts to achieve a peace settlement in the Middle East. Soon after, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat proposed a peace treaty that if Israel pulls its forces from the East Bank, Egypt will reopen the Suez Canal. However, this effort arrived at the White House right before the 1972 presidential election. Unwilling to ruin the American relationship with Israel, the Nixon administration was also convinced that, given the current military balance, the Arabs are unlikely to attack Israel. Therefore, despite obvious frustration from Egypt, the president and his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger decided to withhold any U.S. initiative to make a peace treaty. However, is this truly a wise decision? The time is January 1973. As US officials, this committee should utilize intelligence collected by the American security apparatus to predict Arab military movement and eventually seek to reach a peace settlement between the Arabs and the Israelis.
Topic A: Collect intelligence from Middle East to predict military movement
Topic B: Peace settlement in Middle East
Letter from the Chair
Dear Esteemed Delegates:
Welcome to JHUMUNC 2020! I am excited to be your chair for the Quadrumvirate: United States of America. My team and I look forward to navigating the tumultuous events of the 1973 Yom Kippur War with you.
I am a senior at Johns Hopkins studying International Studies. This year’s conference will mark my third year in JHUMUNC, and my second experience as a committee chair. As a freshman, I was a dais staffer for UNESCO. As a sophomore, I chaired the UNHRC General Assembly committee. I was unfortunately unable to participate in JHUMUNC last year as I was abroad (ask me about Italy!!!), but am looking forward to chairing a crisis committee for the first time! I am also a member of JHU’s traveling Model UN team, HopMUN, where I have served on the Officer Board for the past two years.
Outside of MUN, many of my classes focus on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, especially concerning Israel. After I graduate, I hope to work on Capitol Hill and conduct foreign policy-related work.
Many of my best experiences at Hopkins have come through Model UN, and I truly hope you leave JHUMUNC with a firm grasp on how to succeed in a fast-paced crisis committee and a love for all things MUN!
I can’t wait to meet you all at the conference! Feel free to email me with any questions.
Chair, United States of America
JHUMUNC Session XXIII