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:
I Putu Satyena Uttabhita Pande
Greetings everyone! My name is Pande, and I will be serving as one of your chairs within the Historical Security Council. Since high school, I have had a keen interest in discussing history and politics at a global level. I personally see MUN as a medium of learning and an exercise in diplomacy, and have been doing it for some time already.
Currently, I’m in my third year of International Relations undergraduate studies at the University of Indonesia, with a focus on security and conflict resolution. Lately, I’ve also started reading and writing more on the role of regional institutions in constructing peace (harder than it sounds). Outside of academics, I love sightseeing, cooking, and playing with my two cats.
Fun Fact: One of my Spotify playlist contains various national anthems from around the globe.