Economic and Social Council

Historical Arab League, 2011

Dear Delegates,
Welcome to the Arab League Conference of 2011!
My name is Valeria Prieto and I will have the pleasure of being your director in the committee. I am a history student at the Pontificia Catolica Universidad del Peru and I am particularly interested in Middle Eastern history and the transition of countries from Communist regimes into Democratic systems. My aim is to continue my education in the field of history to higher academic degrees. Additionally, I am involved in community projects and projects promoting gender and sexual diversity in my university. In my free time I enjoy exploring museums, art galleries and listening to music, from Classical to Lady Gaga.

My MUN experience has been joining the Peruvian Universities team. I had the chance to go and debate in HNMUN 2016, where we discussed the decolonization of Western Sahara.  Additionally, I had the opportunity of helping in both LiMUN as press and in HNMUNLA as a pager. For me one of the best things about MUN is how it encourages students to research a diverse array of topics. Please feel free to contact me for any questions regarding the topic, the way the committee is going to work or any outside committee related matter. I look forward to meeting you all!

Topic: Arab Spring

The Arab Spring started in December 2010 when a Tunisian man, Mohammed Boauzizi, immolated himself in protest against the corrupt and oppressive government in Tunisia. Soon this spark created a full-fledged fire in the Arab word resulting in a series of protests and reforms in the Arab world. These reforms went from changes in the political regime (Oman), the violent removal of dictators (Muammar Gaddafi ) to extensive civil wars (Syria). The protests during the Arab Spring share a similar pattern of having the population responding to a long system of oppression and corruption from their governments. Even though it started as a revolutionary movement, not only it failed to bring change in some of countries but also, the failure of the governments for addressing this revolutionary fervour planted the seeds of instability in the area. This is, for example, the case of modern-day Egypt and Syria. The committee will examine the role of the Arab league to understand the limitations and opportunities of the event and hopefully offer a brighter prospect than the one the Middle East is in today.

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