SPECIAL POLITICAL DECOLONIZATION COMMITTEE

BACKGROUND GUIDE

TOPIC A: Yemen Civil War

TOPIC B: Nationalism and Self-Determination

Alisha Chowdhury

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Special, Political, and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL) at ILMUNC! My name is Alisha Chowdhury, and I am very excited to be your chair for a weekend that is sure to be filled with stimulating debate and great memories. I have been a member of the UPenn’s college conference secretariat (UPMUNC) for the past 3 years but I am very excited to work with you all this entire weekend!

I am currently a senior studying Economics and Political Science at Penn. I have been a member of the International Affairs Association since my freshmen year and have attended (or helped plan) UPMUNC for the past 3 years. Outside of the IAA, I am a member of a dance group at Penn called City Step. I can’t wait to meet all of you during ILMUNC and have a fun filled weekend!

I am so thankful to spend my last ILMUNC with Ahmed and Rohan. Ahmed, Rohan and I have been on the UPMUNC secretariat for the past 3 years and are excited to provide a memorable weekend for all the ILMUNC delegates. We hope that debate will be stimulating and collaborative effort to discuss the topics of SPECPOL this year. We’re excited to see what you all have in store and are excited to hear the debate. Let’s get ready for ILMUNC!

Sincerely,

Alisha Chowdhury

Co-Chair, Special Political Decolonization Committee
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Ahmed Kamil

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the XXXIVth annual Ivy League Model United Nations Conference! My name is Ahmed Kamil and it is my pleasure to serve as the chair of Specpol.

I am currently a senior at the University of Pennsylvania and an Arabic target in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, concentrating in Finance. I was born in Khartoum, Sudan on a warm summer day and immigrated to the United States when I was about two years old. Since then, I have lived in Greenbelt, Maryland. I first got involved with Model United Nations my freshman year, participated throughout high school, and am now a member of Penn’s International Affairs Association. I served as an Assistant Secretary General for UPMUNC XLVIII, Director of Operations for UPMUNC XLIX and UPMUNC 50, and as you can tell, they can’t get rid of me just yet. Some of my other interests include longboarding, Hip-Hop, graphic design, getting lost in the city, and reading bad Yelp reviews. I also have a passion for financial markets and help write a biweekly newsletter, so email me if you’re interested!

In the months leading up to conference, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding ILMUNC or really anything. I look forward to meeting everyone in the fall!

Sincerely,

Ahmed Kamil

Co-Chair, Special Political Decolonization Committee
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference