Qatari Government Diplomatic Crisis

In June 2017, the State of Qatar was abandoned and politically isolated by the majority of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The group of Arab nations came together in opposition to the suspected activities of which the Qatari Royal family has been accused: supporting Islamic extremism and terrorism, engaging with Iran, and deliberately lying to the Council. Qatar now has to deal with the drastic demands the opposition have proposed, develop new avenues of trade, and appease her neighbors. The Qataris have to navigate through the troublesome months ahead.


Chair | Raleigh Zook

Raleigh Zook is a third-year from Ashland, Virginia. She is planning to double major in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies. She has staffed, vice-chaired and chaired VAMUN and VICS Model UN conferences. She enjoys lectures and debates from the IRO and Alexander Hamilton Society, and is also involved with the VISAS program where she helps build English communication skills with international students. She spent her summer studying Arabic in Jordan and also interning in for a Virginian Congressman. This upcoming summer she will be interning for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for the Department of State. She is looking forward to chairing the Qatari Government Diplomatic Crisis committee at VICS this year!


Crisis Director | Dan Jachim

Daniel is a second year studying History and Philosophy who is from Manila, Philippines. He has served as a Chair of the SPC in this year’s VAMUN, as well as having organized MUNA, the collegiate MUN conference in the Philippines. At UVA, he is also a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. He is very excited to serve as the Crisis Director for this committee, and is always available for literally anything at