Iraq-Iran War: Iranian Cabinet
Relations between Iran and Iraq have never been the same since the massive 1979 Iranian Revolution, which has been largely interpreted as a watershed moment in the modern history of the two countries. Swift changes to the Iranian political climate have paved the way for a new, legitimate government that truly prioritizes the rights of the people over the shackles of monarchy. Meanwhile, Iraq's Saddam Hussein has used his recent rise to power to incite violence. He has spared no attempt to fulfill imperialist ambitions in achieving Middle Eastern hegemony. The year is 1980. Iran's newly elected leader Ayatollah Khomeini is confronted by a belligerent counterpart who is using the pretext of border disputes to invade the oil-rich province of Khuzestan in Iran. Oil means wealth for Iraq. Khomeini has tough decisions to make as the first Supreme Leader of a newly established country. There is no clear path to victory for Iran. Hussein has won proxy allies in the Middle East and in the West, while Khomeni has yet to find support. Either this will be a quick victory for Iraq, or it will be a bloody stalemate between the two neighboring countries that leads to the prolongation of war. In this critical stage, only diplomacy can save Iran and Iraq from complete destruction of infrastructure and the terrible loss of civilian lives. Wars are bloody, but modern technology could make this war a total bloodshed.
Crisis Director | Kevin Wang
Kevin is a first year studying pre-commerce at the University of Virginia. He is a member of the International Relations Organization and has participated in a couple of IRO related events, from editing for the Wilson Journal to traveling with the UVA Model UN travel team for a MUN conference at Georgetown. He looks forward to a successful experience at VICS and wishes the best of luck to all VICS delegates in spring 2019. In his spare time, he likes to read the news, listen to music, learn new languages, travel, and hang out with friends.