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The National Security Council, 1979

The Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979 posed the most strenuous diplomatic challenge to the United States in recent history and brought the two countries closer to war than ever before. A complicated history with Iran will force this National Security Council to navigate complex political, military, social and diplomatic obstacles as they attempt to retrieve their fellow Americans. This committee will engage Senior U.S. Cabinet officials, politicians, diplomats and military leaders as they negotiate with the Ayatollah in Iran and the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore military strategies and diplomatic solutions, while operating in a tumultuous geopolitical environment in the Middle East and the 1980 U.S. Presidential Election looming.

Meet The

Crisis Team

Mostafa El Sharkawi


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Mostafa is a second-year student studying International Relations and Public Policy with a minor in Political Science at UofT. He grew up in the Middle East where he was first introduced to Model UN. Throughout high school he remained involved in Model UN even serving as the President of his high school's Model UN club in his senior year. At UofT, Mostafa is a senior staffer for NAMUN, he is the chair of the lobbying committee for HanVoice and is involved with Trinity College student government and the G7 research group. If he isn't studying in EJ Pratt Library, you can find Mostafa at coffee shops around the city, playing pickup basketball at the AC or arguing about US politics with someone.

Malhaar Moharir


    I am a second year student majoring in International Relations and Political Science. I have been an avid participant in Model UN since high school, serving as a delegate and chair in various committees across various conferences. Outside of Model UN, I love travelling, whether it be exploring new places around the world or just in my home city of Toronto, as well as reading, biking, and watching movies. I am looking forward to working with everyone this year to put on a great virtual Model UN conference for the first time, and can't wait to get committee started in August!

    Paul Huang


      Hey everyone, my name is Paul, and I am a second-year student of International Relations and History at the University of Toronto. For TIMUN 2020, I will be your Crisis Manager for the National Security Council of 1979. Model UN has been a passion of mine since the 10th grade. Now, I am excited to continue this personal journey at the university level. Having been a delegate on numerous occasions, being on the other side of the table will certainly be refreshing. My academic interests particularly pertain to U.S. foreign policy, China-Taiwan relations, and political philosophy. Aside from academia, I am a massive sports fan with an itch to travel the world. And regardless of the topic at hand, I am always eager to learn more about the world around me.

      Urooj Akram


        I am a 3rd Year Political Science and Economics student studying at Carleton University whose interests include Canadian public expenditure policy and contemporary political theory. Outside of the classroom, I run a pro-liberty empowerment group in Ottawa, freelance graphic design, and enthuse over election data and the stock market. I have been an avid member of Model Parliament since my junior year I am beyond honoured to serve as TIMUN’s Chair for the National Security Council Committee this year!

        Tourang Movahedi


          Tourang is a second-year at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Political Science and Peace, Conflict and Justice. Since joining his highschool MUN club in grade 9, Tourang has had the pleasure of attending many MUN conferences. In his free time, Tourang loves to watch football (soccer) matches, read up on the latest politics and go on long runs.
          He is looking forward to working as a crisis analysts at TIMUN 2020!

          Elaine Wang


            As a second year U of T student, I plan to specialize in psychology and major in neuroscience. I have been participating in Model UN for four years and I'm excited to contribute my creativity to TIMUN as a crisis analyst and bring a committee to life!

            Sarah Flinn


              Hey all, I’m Sarah Flinn and I am in my second year of studies at the University of Toronto. When I am not studying, taking part in, or running MUN’s I teach ballet and tutor. I am majoring in Political Science and Philosophy and am gearing towards a career in the legal or medicinal streams. This is my first time being a crisis analyst and am looking forward to diversifying my MUN resume :)