Oldie's debate: UNSC - Idlib Crisis (Syria)

Welcome Back!

Room: 23-103

Date: 20.09.2018, 18:15

Smoke rising from a Syrian airstrike near Idlib, Syria, Sept. 10, 2018, photo by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as White Helmets, via Fox News.

Smoke rising from a Syrian airstrike near Idlib, Syria, Sept. 10, 2018, photo by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as White Helmets, via Fox News.

Please select your delegation here.

NB: Since this is a Security Council Debate, the five permanent member states (with voting and veto rights) are listed first on the doodle poll. The non-permanent member states (with voting rights) are listed after them (From Bolivia to Sweden included). Additional listed countries may speak in the meetings, but have no voting rightsRemember: First come, first serve!

This debate is open to all members from last year, whether club membership for the next two semesters is renewed or not. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Topic of this first debate series will be the situation in Idlib, a city in northern Syria. Currently the base of some of the last rebel groups in the country, this city has recently come under attack by President Assad's troops, in close collaboration with Russia, in the attempt to regain control over a country plagued by civil war. For more information, see the research guide below.

In this Security Council debate, we will attempt to find short and midterm solutions to this crisis, which could well bring about the end of the Syrian civil war. The Council must discuss the interests of Syria, Turkey and Russia, while also focussing on the influence "western" politics can have in the region. 

Research Guide:

Please do not hesitate to use these sources as a starting point for your research, as they do not specify the exact positions of the countries debating. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-45403334 (This article provides information essential to the debate, and is therefore warmly recommended)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-45401474

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/08/opinion/sunday/syria-idlib-assad.html (This article provides a critical perspective of the crisis, largely based on the views of the American Democratic Party)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/08/world/middleeast/syria-and-russia-bomb-rebel-held-idlib-province.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/04/un-special-envoy-on-syria-warns-against-bombing-rebel-enclave-idlib

https://www.timesofisrael.com/un-envoy-proposes-rebel-pullback-from-syrias-idlib/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-usa/un-security-council-to-discuss-syrias-idlib-on-friday-haley-idUSKCN1LK2I3 

https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/04/1006991 (An official UN press release, this article showcases the activity of the UN Security Council six months ago, and provides useful insights on the position of the various countries involved).

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201809131068010892-syria-idlib-war/ (Recent article on Russian and American involvement in Ildib, as seen by the state-controlled Russian news source Sputnik News)

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Best,

Manuel & Sebastian