Date: October 13th 2018 @ 11am

Location: Vanier 2075

The North Korean regime has recently become increasingly erratic. Communications to the outside world have become rarer, entry for international visitors has been suspended, and satellite monitoring has revealed strange activity patterns throughout the country. International observers fear that the regime, long suffering under the effects of economic sanctions, has reached the tipping point for destabilization. Faced with the possibility of an impending humanitarian and military crisis, the United Nations Security Council has been summoned for an emergency meeting to deal with events.


SEPTEMBER: Tensions in the Middle East: Saudi-Arabian Campaign against Qatar

Date: September 30th 2018 @ 11am

Location: FSS1030

The past few years have been marked by significant tension in the Middle East between Qatar
and Saudi Arabia. After a growing feud between the royal families of those countries, stemming
mostly from Qatar’s attempts to gain great autonomy in a region otherwise dominated by Saudi
Arabia, tension reached a head in June 2017 when a Saudi-led coalition of countries cut off all
diplomatic ties with Qatar. This coalition includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates,
Bahrain, Egypt, Maldives, Mauritania, Mauritius, Sudan, Senegal, Djibouti, Comoros, Jordan,
Libya, and Yemen, who all agreed to end diplomatic ties, cut off trade, and bar Qatari vessels
from their air space and sea territory. The stated issue at the heart of this specific action was
identified as growing ties between Qatar and Iran, a country widely seen as being in opposition
to Saudi Arabia, as well as Qatar’s support for several Islamist groups. International efforts to
mediate the growing political conflict have largely failed.