Divided by Sects, IDs, and Checkpoints: Lebanon at the Start of the Civil War
Chair: Naser Al-Fawakhiri
My name is Naser Al-Fawakhiri and I’m a sophomore here at Princeton studying Psychology, with certificates in Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences. When I’m not trying to get into people’s heads, I play trumpet with Triangle Club, Princeton’s amazing touring theater group (I can prop them up right? I’m just a lowly trumpet!) and I’m also on the Princeton Model UN team. My other interests include physics (yes I’m a nerd, what did you expect?), epistemology, and Arabic dramas.
Crisis Director: Dina Kuttab
Hi! My name is Dina, and I'm a junior at Princeton from Amman, Jordan. I'm majoring in Near Eastern Studies and planning on getting a certificate in Creative Writing. On campus, I'm a tour guide, involved with the Honor Committee, a Residential College Advisor, and a member of our Model UN Team. My interests mainly revolve around the history and politics of the Middle East, so I'm super excited to be chairing a committee on the Lebanese Civil War, an incredibly interesting and complex topic. In my free time, I like to do crossword puzzles, watch bad reality TV, and do karaoke.
Salam! This committee will explore just a few of the Middle East’s jungles of political complexities, turning to Cold War Lebanon in the early 1970s, a hotbed of sectarian tension that had been brewing for decades. The picture in Lebanon is not as simple as Maronite Christians pitted against Sunni Muslims, as many internal and external factions, including Palestinian, Israeli, and Egyptian actors hold strong interests in shaping the future of Lebanon. By the early 1970s, it was clear that Lebanon would no doubt play a role as a major political, if not military, battleground; a battleground of few clear dominating leaders and many quickly-shifting alliances. The Committee should be wary that any political missteps in mediating between the factions could lead to the outbreak of serious sectarian fighting. Not only will it need to address the competing interests of many factions in trying to shape the future of Lebanon, but the Committee must serve the people of Lebanon’s best interests in developing the country to make it more than just a proxy battleground for other nations, but a strong nation in the geopolitical arena of the Middle East.