Yemeni Civil War
Chairs: Nicole Gerzon and Michelle Surets
Chairs: Ciro Randazzo and Shalin Patel
Our committee will have its focus on the conflict in Yemen between the Hadi government and the Houthi rebels. The conflict began in 2011 with the Yemeni Revolution, where people protested against their government and succeeded in forcing their president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to resign. The man who took his place was his vice president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. One of the main groups involved in organizing and escalating these protests was the Houthi rebel group. The National Dialogue Conference has just ended, an effort made by the Yemeni government to implement new reforms and to make strides towards a new and improved Yemen. So far, the rebels are satisfied with the leadership and their role in the government, but certain policies may have them swinging back to protests and insurrections.
This JCC will consist of two rooms, one that will simulate the new government under Hadi and the other that will consist of the Houthi leadership and others that are in charge of the rebellion which has been brought to a ceasefire. The goal of the government is to crush the rebels and to pacify the citizens enough to quell any further rebellion. The goal of the Houthis is to gain support of the citizens and to overtake the government. Both committees must do this without causing an international human rights crisis or escalating into a full blown civil war and must maintain control of their areas. Each member of the government committee has their own goals to achieve but, unless they are the mole whose job is to help the rebels, their personal goals shouldn’t interfere with the goals of the committee.