A Brief Introduction to the Historical Security Council
What is the Security Council? What does it do in the broader institutional framework of the UN? What are the Council’s tasks, and what does the historical element consist of? TEIMUN’s Secretary-General, Thomas Stavrinos, explains.
On the HSC’s Agenda: Geopolitical Ramifications of the 1979 Iranian Revolution
The Security Council was founded to maintain international peace and security. Throughout its history, there have been various conflicts and events that tested the council’s capability to act upon its mandate. In this year’s historical security council, delegates will get the chance to revisit and possibly rewrite one of the most consequential events in the history of Middle Eastern geopolitics: the Iranian Revolution.
The year is 1979. Over the past three decades, the US-backed Pahlavi dynasty has ruled Iran under an autocratic regime. Angered by the country’s growing inequity and the Shah’s unpopular reforms, riots and demonstrations break out that topple the regime. Soon after, a group of students, who support revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khoemini, seize the American Embassy and take the staff hostage. Around the same time the leader of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, calls on his countrymen to take hegemony over the region. The neighbouring countries are both heavily armed and hold vast amount of natural resources that the world depends on.
As the Security Council convenes in early 1980, the situation is still developing. Threats have been made to hurt and kill the American hostages, and Iraq continues its hawkish posturing. As history tells us, the hostages were released and the war between Iran and Iraq ended up in a stalemate that cost thousands of lives from both sides. It is up to the delegates of this year’s Historical Security Council to determine the outcome this time. Whether the hostages survive, war breaks out, or international diplomacy breaks down all depends on your actions.
Meet Your Chair:
Hey guys! My name is Romée, one of your HSC chairs. During my Bachelor in American Studies I got distracted with all the learning opportunities, which led to me going to New York for an extra internship, going to Canada for an extra exchange semester, and completing two minors. Yes, I am that person.
I have been an active participant in MUN since 2017. Through MUNs, I have made many great friends and was invited to go to the US, India, and South Korea. I was also a founding trainer of the TEIMUN Society. Currently, I’m doing a MSc in Communication and Cognition. I have many interests and fascinations, including communications, (American) politics, minority studies, traveling, any type of music, meeting new people, and debating on any topic, whenever, with anyone. Therefore, feel free to talk to me anytime! I’m looking forward to meeting you all and giving you the magical TEIMUN experience you deserve.
Fun Fact: Because of my obsession with my long-running Dungeons and Dragons campaign, I have picked up the hobbies of playing ukulele, bookbinding and terrain/diorama building. So yes, I am that person.
Meet Your Chair:
Hi, I’m Vrinda. Since I could remember, I have been participating in MUNs both nationally and internationally, in a variety of councils. I love debating and competing in different parliamentary simulations – hence my passion for Model UNs.
I am currently following courses in Political Science and Economics. In the future, I would be interested to work in the field of International Relations with special emphasis on military and intelligence operations. Moreover, I am a history geek and a polyglot who also enjoys reading psychological thrillers and stalking the works of international intelligence agencies.
Fun Fact: When I was 13, I paraglided at a height of 1800m while watching the majestic Himalayas on the horizon, a view embedded in my memory!