Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress Middle East and welcome to the Arab League!

The Arab League was founded in 1945 with the goal to: “draw closer the relations between member States and co-ordinate collaboration between them, to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.” Given the prominence of international conflicts with roots in the region, the Arab League today holds an even greater importance and possibility for international cooperation. You should all be very proud and excited to serve as one of its members.

The Arab League concerns itself with issues spanning the Middle East and North Africa regions, the two topics this year being Unemployment in the Arab World and Economic Integration in the Gulf Region. Through these topics, you will be asked to simultaneously defend your country’s politics and views while striving for international agreement, and in the process grappling with the nuance and compromise of diplomacy.

Below please find some information about me:

I am a sophomore hailing from Toronto, Canada concentrating in History and Literature in tandem with Film studies (movies being my absolute favorite thing in this life) and a language citation in Arabic. Outside of class, I am on the board of Harvard’s film festival, work as a videographer and peer tutor, give tours of the college, and produce theater.  

My participation in HMC comes from a desire to better understand the workings of American government paired with a love of working with and leading high school students. My goal in this conference will be to mobilize all of you in becoming engaged and passionate citizens.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at all before the conference, or simply wish to tell me a little bit about yourselves. I hope you are all as excited to participate in HMCME 2017 as I am, and I look forward to meeting you all in person this January!

Lyndon Hanrahan