For the delegation of Witten, the second weekend of 2018 was a very busy one. To prepare for our time in New York, we went to Heidelberg to participate in its, albeit much smaller, MUN.
The conference consisted of two assembles, one General Assembly and one NATO-assembly. In the GA, each country was represented by two delegates, one of whom went outside to talk to other countries and negotiate deals and one of whom stayed inside the assembly room to follow the speeches and defend their own point of view. At the heart of the conference was the topic of “Development Aid and Technology”.
The learning curve during the caucuses was steep. If one wanted to make any significant impact, there was not much room for hesitation or shyness. Viewing our participation as a learning exercise, we, the delegates from Witten, quickly threw ourselves into the action and started to negotiate for deals that would benefit our countries.
Even though our schedule during the day was packed, there was still time to socialize in the evening. This helped us grow closer as a group and also let to many interesting conversations with delegates from other universities.
The history and fortune of Kuwait is significantly shaped by the international great powers, who seek influence within the Gulf Region and the Middle East. Nowadays, however, Kuwait makes use of its crucial location and economic power to maintain deep political and economic relations with both Russia and the US.
As a result of the economic upswing of Asian countries, especially China, relations with this region have become much more important. Forming alliances with all the major powers, Kuwait aims at ensuring their security in terms of economic prosperity and political security within the Gulf region to prevent a further Gulf War and invasion.
During the Gulf War, the UN was the primary authority in resolving the conflict. Kuwait is an effective partner in maintaining international peace and security. Moreover, the country is the top donor in humanitarian assistance as a percentage of GNI (2014: 0.24%).
As Israel occupies a special position in the region, it is important to address this topic briefly: In the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, Kuwait, like most countries in the Arab League, supports Palestine, and in 1946 has boycotted Israeli citizens and businesses. This boycott still exists today and there seems to be no resolution of the conflict in the near future.
The Kuwaiti economy is dominated by natural gas and oil exports. In huge development projects, Kuwait is trying to diversify its economy and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. In the last decade, Asia has become the most important trading partner.