Chair: Alex simon



In 2017, Saudi Arabia, along with its allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council, imposed sanctions and instituted a blockade on Qatar, sparking the current crisis within the GCC. As the Syrian Civil War and the war in Yemen continues, members of the Gulf Cooperation Council must come together and overcome their differences to tackle the pressing issues in the Middle East. At the same time, they must also attempt to solve this diplomatic crisis before a war of words escalates into something that threatens to destabilize the region.

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Delegates will...

  • Understand the current conflict between Saudi Arabia and Qatar;

  • Gain insights on how religion and regional power struggles shape Middle Eastern politics;

  • Learn about how conflict within the GCC can affect the greater Persian Gulf and the Middle East;

  • Explore solutions to complex diplomatic disputes.


About the Chair 

Alex Simon is a senior in the School of Foreign Service pursuing a major in Science, Technology, & International Affairs and a minor in Arabic. A news junkie, nature enthusiast, and Fortnite all-star, you might find Alex arguing politics with friends, on a mountain or beach somewhere enjoying life, or in front of the TV shouting. Last summer, Alex taught Negotiation and Communication at NAIMUN China in Chendgu. Alex is looking forward to staffing his fourth NAIMUN, exploring these important issues, and, most of all, listening to your ideas!

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About the Crisis Manager

Yusuf Mallick is a member of the Class of 2020 in the School of Foreign Service studying International Economics. A proud Chicagoan, his favorite pastime is sailing on Lake Michigan. Yusuf has brought his passion for sailing to the Hilltop, where he is a member of the Georgetown University Sailing Team, which won a National Championship in the 2015/2016 season. When not on the water, you can find Yusuf on campus somewhere between the Alumni Square Courtyard and Wisemillers. He can be identified by the sound of his flip flops, regardless of the weather conditions. Hit him up if you see him: he needs to practice his social skills.

About the Crisis Manager

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About the Crisis Manager

Brendan DeSimone is a member of the SFS class of 2020, majoring in Global Business and minoring in Spanish. Brendan previously was a crisis manager for NAIMUN's Board of Directors of Starbucks committee and a crisis analyst for Georgetown's collegiate conference, NCSC, for its Section VII committee. Brendan grew up in the suburbs of Boston and moved to London for part of his childhood, returning to Massachusetts for high school. In the winter, Brendan is a freestyle ski coach in Vermont. Most Saturday mornings, you can find Brendan in front of a computer trying to buy limited-edition sneakers to resell.