In 1979, the Shah of Iran was deposed and a new era came to be. The now Islamic Republic of Iran, under the guidance and authority of Ayatollah Khomeini, took new political stances — harsher foreign policy toward the United States, toward Israel, and toward Saudi Arabia. Beyond foreign policy, the social fabric of the entire state had to change with the new theocracy, and the governmental hierarchy became heavily dependent on religious advisers that interpreted religious law and state legislation as synonymous. The protectors of this Islamic Republic and each new Ayatollah are the IRGC, but their mission is not only to protect their borders....they must also influence those abroad.
All the Ayatollahs Men: Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, 2020 is a committee based on the culmination of foreign and domestic tensions that post Revolution Iran has faced. In 2020, we live in a world where the US has placed crippling sanctions on Iran, naval and drone warfare in the Gulf is at its peak, and the IRGC continues to aid the Houthis’s in Yemen , much to the dismay of Saudi Arabia. Delegates must remember that the IRGC not only enforces legislation and trains armed forces within Iran, but of its known military contributions throughout the region. And they must also consider, the differing political opinions within Iran as to how to proceed with foreign policy. This committee will focus on in depth military, economic, and diplomatic policy, and delegates are heavily encourages to have an understanding of the geopolitics of the MENA region in order to help them advance their crisis goals. Domestically, delegates should focus on issues of sectarianism, religious freedoms, economic opportunity, and Iranian natural resources for their nuclear program. Even though this is a Middle East committee, delegates should remember that Iranian influence goes beyond MENA, and nothing is out of the realm of possibility.
SARAI LEON / DIRECTOR
Sarai Leon is a sophomore at FIU majoring in International Relations of the Middle East/Latin America (she's still trying to decide, so you might catch her taking Politics of Iran and Politics of the Caribbean in the same semester). FIMUN has been a part of her academic life since high school, where she competed in FIMUN 29 and 30. In FIMUN 31, she was Assistant Crisis Director for the Ad-Hoc. On the FIU Model UN Team, she specializes in Middle Eastern Crisis committees (and a sprinkling of GA's), specifically those relating to Iranian foreign policy, and is more than excited to be the Crisis Director for a this committee. Outside of MUN, you can find Sarai interning for The Cuban Studies Institute, giving back to her community as a summer camp counselor, watching VICE documentaries on YouTube, and over-analyzing season 8 of Game of Thrones.
VERONICA CARBONELL / CHAIR
Veronica Carbonell is a sophomore at FIU studying International Relations and Political Science and is so excited to be participating in her second FIMUN! She was lucky enough to have her first ever Model UN experience as a senior at FIMUN 30 and after that became more excited than ever to tryout for the team. She loves competing in crisis committees and is very excited to be in one set in the future in the Middle East. When not studying or doing MUN, you can find Veronica hanging out with her best friends who live in Parkview, watching Netflix, and sending memes. She cannot wait to see what FIMUN 32 has in store and what every single delegate is going to bring to the table!