Dobromir Uzunov, an International Relations with Economics, 2nd year student in POLSIS writes about his experiences during the Hamburg MUN 2013.
Hamburg MUN 2012 was a dynamic and intellectually stimulating conference, which was educating both academically and skill-wise. I represented the Union of Comoros in the League of Arab States, and the topic of the debate was the effects of the Arab Spring in transitional states in the region, with the example of Egypt.
We covered a wide range of topics including the role and meaning of democracy in the Middle East, and whether it should be supported and nurtured, and the importance of sovereignty and self-determination in the region. We also discussed humanitarian issues pertaining to Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and in the second day of the 3-day conference we had a crisis situation in which Egypt’s President Mursi went missing, only to be found killed on the next day. The debates on the above issues and the crisis were ranging between unrealistic agreement among all states, and fierce accusations and rivalries budding and building up.
Through the debates, I could apply all of the knowledge on the Middle East I revised for the conference, and on several occasions I drew upon historical and cultural ideas to make my point across. The format of the conference allowed for our opinions to be heard and for constructive discussions to be made, which allowed most of the states not only to express their opinions, but to adapt to different situations and make decisions on the spot. For example, Comoros was a firm supporter of President Mursi and his decisions and throughout most of the debate my delegation was stressing upon independence, sovereignty and the wisdom of the President. When the President was killed, however, I had to try to realign myself in the League and make stronger alliances with the more influential states like Kuwait and Qatar.