Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
Chairs: Jessica Shi and Lauren Fisher
Topic A: Terrorism in the Islamic World
Throughout the world, there have been various situations relating to terrorism sprouting in various places with the events of September 11th, 2001 in New York City being a well known situation. However, what is imperative to keep in mind is that although every individual event or aspect in relation to terrorism is not broadcasted in news stations all around the world, this does not mean that terrorism does not affect people to extreme levels. Terrorism has been prevalent for a large period of time, however only recently has the public eye been exposed to such acts. Terrorism is different from islamic terrorism, with islamic terrorism being considered to be any act of terrorism, a term used to describe violence or intimidation with political views as a certain goal, that is committed by people professing any aims for Islamic goals with actions occasionally justified through Quran or Hadith interpretations.
Topic B: Economic Development in the Middle East
In the past couple decades, there has a been a worldwide trend towards globalization, and this has introduced the development of many countries throughout the Middle East, however the development of many of these countries does not compare to that of many Western countries. This region of the world has faced troubles for a long time in development, due mostly to the fact that its wealth and economy are based so heavily on the oil market. While many countries have tried to diversify their economies, many have been unsuccessful, and therefore are struggling to push forward on the front of development.