The year is 1979. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi has been overthrown and replaced by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeni and a theocratic republic. Your army is in disarray, confused as to either support the exiled Shah or support the new Supreme Leader. Your economy is in shambles and your neighbors are looking at your chaotic country, wondering if they can support this new form of government. It is up to you, the Revolutionary Council, the Revolutionary Guards, the Revolutionary Tribunals, and the Islamic Republican Party to re-establish order in your country and decide how you will be seen to the world.
My name is Harrison Elliott and I am honored to serve as your Chair for the Iranian Revolutionary Government of 1979! I am excited to serve as Chair for this committee because it is seen as a turning point in the US’s relationship with the Middle East and I am excited to see how you all will handle the difficulties presented with this scenario.
Currently, I am a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University studying Economics and Applied Mathematics. Originally, I am from the great city of Chicago, Illinois (go Cubs) where I was born and raised. In my spare time at Hopkins, I participate in extra-curriculars such as Spring Fair and different intramural sports to stay active.
In high school, I did participate in Model UN, but I was always more interested in helping run the conferences as opposed to being a delegate at the conference. With that said, if you have any questions about parliamentary procedure, don’t hesitate to ask. Throughout our committee, we will be looking at the issues that arose as the US-backed government in Iran was overthrown, both in terms of their domestic and international impact in Iran. I am very excited to meet all of you, and I cannot wait to see how you all handle what was a turning point in Middle East relations! Have fun!