Proxy Wars; A Middle Eastern Crisis

There was an intense atmosphere surrounding the room as the agenda-- discussing comprehensive measures to tackle proxy wars in the Middle East -- was discussed in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The committee began with all the countries stating their stance on the given agenda. Russia recognised proxy wars as a “critical issue”, and stated that interventions should take place to some extent.

Côte d’Ivoire aimed towards diplomatic relationships with other countries. The delegate of Kuwait remarked that the USA and Russia’s military intervention was unnecessary, to which the delegate of the USA retaliated, saying that their intervention was for the greater good and “intervention in proxy war is necessary”. The delegate of Russia also opposed to the statement made by Kuwait by stating that they directly involved themselves in the proxy war to protect the president Bashar Al-Assad.

The committee advanced as the delegates discussed the intervention of different countries, and China shed light on the mediation made by the USA and NATO without consent. This action caused a war which escalated from a six week conflict to seven months of unrest. The committee moved into an unmoderated caucus where the delegates tried to come up with a way to reduce interventions an idea introduced by the delegate of Germany.

During unmoderated caucus, the USA addressed their use of airstrikes, admitted that "airstrikes are the most efficient way to fight, but led to the most casualties." Causes of proxy wars were brought up and Kuwait declared that they are due to heavy dependence on oil while Poland stated that they are due to Russia and the USA providing arms. To this Russia argued that it stands against the motion of intervention and intervened only once when it was needed.

Kuwait shifted the focus from discovering the causes of proxy wars and raised a motion to discuss the devastating situation in Yemen. All delegates asserted their opinions about the situation in Yemen and how it should be solved through diplomatic negotiation.

Throughout the committee, the causes and effects of proxy wars were in light, but there was no concrete discussion about solutions of these wars.

Reporter: Aakshita Rao

Editor: Akshita Mathur