ORGANIZATION OF PETROLEUM EXPORTING COUNTRIES, 1973

chair: harrison nugent

crisis manager: SAAD BASHIR


It is October 1973 and America once again finds itself on the brink of conflict with its Cold War rival, the USSR. Days earlier the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, accompanied by Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad, launched a surprise attack on Israel with the hopes of regaining territory along the Sinai Peninsula lost during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. The imminent threat of an Israeli defeat put the world on notice, forcing Great Power patrons to intervene with the hopes of expanding their respective spheres of influence. As a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, delegates have the power to decide what, if any, actions should be taken to punish the United States and her allies for their intervention. Will you direct an oil embargo against the United States, even if doing so diminishes a large market for your country’s oil exports?

Topic Abstract

Topics

Economics of Embargo | Diplomacy of International Trade | Ethics of Great Power Intervention

 

Approximate committee size: 20


Learning goals

Delegates will gain...

  • A deeper conception of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict;
  • Insights into the conflicting political and economic motivations that comprise “Balance of Power” diplomacy;
  • Knowledge of the mechanism that permits OPEC member states to control the flow and price of oil.

About the Chair

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Harrison Nugent is a junior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy with a minor in French. Born on a farm and raised in the small town of Pineville, Louisiana, Harrison has never been abroad but can tell you everything about his hometown’s French Cajun culture. At Georgetown, Harrison is heavily involved with the Institute of Politics and Public Service, as well as the International Relations Club and Georgetown’s student government, where he is a class senator. When not planning NAIMUN, Harrison enjoys playing basketball, writing history articles for his local newspaper, and cooking gumbo for his roommates.

About the Crisis Manager

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Saad Bashir is a member of the Georgetown University Class of 2019, currently as a major in Political Economy and minor in Linguistics. Originally born in Panama City, Florida, Saad has lived out most of his life in Athens, Georgia and now evolved to living the coffee shop lifestyle in Washington DC. Nowadays, you probably won't find him around campus since he might disappear for a week or so every now and then only to see on Facebook he's in a random country you've never heard of (either hitchhiking with a random local or chatting with a government official - there's no in between). If you are able to find this elusive creature, don't believe you have any chance of escaping from his detailed tirade into energy economics/politics or Belt Road Initiative projects.