Emergency Meeting of the UN Security Council

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Members of UN Security Council


You will take part in an emergency meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the recent events in Syria and to debate the need for actions, if any, to be taken against the government of Syria or the insurgents. The topic to be debated is whether actions of the rebel groups are acts of freedom fighters or terrorists designed to disrupt the recognized government of Syria and/or whether the acts of the Syrian government are acts of "state terrorism" against their people or a government protecting the nation.

Two students will represent the Syrian government and two students will represent the three major groups of the opposition. The remainder of the students will work in pairs to represent bordering countries of Syria as well as a select number of other countries.

Students will debate the issue from the perspective of the Syrian group or the country they represent.
The countries to be included are Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, France, Iran, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China, and Russia.
Period 5 Syrian Conference
Period 6 Syrian Conference

Example of Position paper (Not on this topic)

Know your rights according to the 1948 document - Declaration of Human Rights

What to bring to conference

  • Position Paper(1 per student/just in case)
  • Country Fact Sheets
  • Graphic Organizers(2) Concerning Bashar Assad's Gov't & Opposition
  • Any article printouts that you feel may be helpful

Conducting Research - Know your country

Who are your neighbors?
Who do you trade with?

1.Syrian Government

Syria uprising: Assad says Arab Spring brought chaos
Violence in Syria Stems from Foreign Aggression
UN “Peace Envoy” Lakhdar Brahimi: America’s New Point Man In Syria

Dr. Assad addresses idea of opposition
Assad says no orders to shoot citizens
Syria: the foreign fighters joining the war against Bashar al-Assad
Defiant Syrian president accuses Gulf states of funding rebels

Slide show - Growing jihadi presence in Syria 'alarming,' U.N. investigator says

2.Syrian Opposition

Syrian rebels move headquarters from Turkey into Syria
Syria: the foreign fighters joining the war against Bashar al-Assad
Syrian National Council - About SNC
National Coordination Committee (NCC Opposition to Assad)
Free Syrian Army (FSA)


Israel stages largest snap exercise in years

Iran plans military exercises in preparation for Israeli strike on nuclear facilities

BBC Profile- Israel
US & Israel Stirring up unrest


Iran Ships Arms to Syria via Iraq
Iran plans military exercises in preparation for Israeli strike on nuclear facilities

US Secretly Backing Regime Change
Syria: indiscriminate attacks kill, terrorise and displace civilians
As Chaos Grows in Syria, Worries Grow on the Sidelines

Iranian president's final address to UN


BBC- Iraq
Religious Uprisings


BBC Profile - Jordan
Syria crisis: Refugees' voices at Jordan's Zaatari camp


Border Relations w/Syria
Lebanon holds ship 'carrying weapons for Syria rebels'


BBC Profile
Turkey does not see Syria war in sectarian terms
Turkey imposes sanctions on Syria

9.Saudi Arabia

BBC Profile Saudi Arabia
Syria crisis: US urges Saudis to support diplomacy to end bloodshed

10. Egypt

BBC - Egypt
Arab Uprising Country by Country - Egypt
Egypt trying to persuade Iran to drop Assad


BBC Link China
China on Syria
Why China, Russia won't condemn Syrian regime


BBC link- France
The uneasy relationship between France and Syria.

France withdraws Ambassador


BBC Link -Russia
Russians on Syrian Civil War
Assa meets Russian Ambassador
Russia to block sanctions


Hague on Options for Syria
Hague on Arab Plan- Syria
Hague visits refugees in Jordan
UK urges Russia to pressure Syria


Syrians under 'indiscriminate' attack - MANY GREAT LINKS

Syrian crisis fuels already volatile relations in Middle East

Syria's key to real change - Written by Rami G. Khouri - editor-at-large of Beirut based Daily Star newspaper, & director of Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs at the American University of Beirut excellent insight

Brahimi has 'no illusions' about 'toughest yet' Syria mission

Annan's six-point peace plan
1. Syrian-led political process to address the aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people
2. UN-supervised cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties to protect civilians
3. All parties to ensure provision of humanitarian assistance to all areas affected by the fighting, and implement a daily two-hour humanitarian pause
4. Authorities to intensify the pace and scale of release of arbitrarily detained persons
5. Authorities to ensure freedom of movement throughout the country for journalists
6.** Authorities to respect freedom of association and the right to demonstrate peacefully

Hot Off the Press
UN Calling Syrian Conflict - Civil War
Pres. Obama - UN Address Sept 25, 2012(link removed)
Pres. Obama UN Address Sept25,2012 Full Version
States backing Syria rebels 'aid terror' - Walid Muallem 10/1
Syria conflict: Deadly blasts rip through Aleppo square 10/3