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KSMUN Committees

Below you’ll find information for our 2020 Committees. Background Guides for these committees will be posted on a rolling basis during the late winter and early spring. If you have specific questions regarding our committees please contact us at ksmun@kent-school.edu.

Cabinet of the United States, 1979

In today’s society, the tension between Iran and the United States is at the forefront of the news cycle. With people constantly debating the implications of this dicey relationship, it’s important to remember and analyze the two countries' past interactions. The Iranian Hostage Crisis is just one example of the hostility between Iran and the United States reaching a boiling point. Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy and took over 50 American hostages, creating a diplomatic stand-off that left all of America holding its breath. In this committee, you will strategize rescue missions, engage with Iranian officers, and employ economic sanctions. Only time will tell if the delegates can get the hostages safely home. 

Topics of Debate:

  • Iranian student take-over of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran
  • Crisis of leadership in the overthrow of the Shah
  • Protection of American interests in the region

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Knesset Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense

The status of Jerusalem has long been contested, both the Israeli and the Palestinian governing bodies claiming the city as their capital. While most of the UN prefer for Jerusalem to have neutral status until a peace agreement is found, in December of 2017, Donald Trump announced his decision to fulfill the almost two decade long promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, officially acknowledging the holy city as Israel’s capital. This announcement was met with celebration by those in the Israeli government, but met with great resistance by Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Israeli military officials fear civilian protests and terrorist attacks against their citizens along the border fueled by the militant group Hamas. This committee will be comprised of members of the Israeli Knesset Committee of Foreign Affairs and Security and deal with the protests and border control. Delegates will have to consider the impact that U.S. foreign policy can have on the Middle East and its humanitarian consequences and gain a better understanding of the Israel-Palestine debate and its place within Middle Eastern politics at large. ​

Topics of Debate:

  • U.S. Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
  • Palestinian Peace Process

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General Assembly - The Establishment of The League of Nations

The League of Nations General Assembly will be debating various topics of global prosperity concerning precautionary steps that can be taken to prevent further conflict, creating the covenant of the League of Nations, establishing a transnational peace keeping force, and  the participation of the Central Powers in the League of Nations. The world is currently in a fragile place and it is your responsibility to pave the way for a peaceful future.

Topics of Debate:

  • The requirements for being a member of the League of Nations
  • The usage of the League of Nations 
  • Prevention of conflicts throughout the world 
  • Establishing a stable future

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