Welcome Delegates,

      My name is Brooks Reed and I am entering my third year here at Florida State majoring in International Affairs and Political Science with a minor in Arabic. My interests include keeping up with the latest episodes of classics such as Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and Arrested Development, conducting research in Political Science, and, of course, representing FSU at MUN conferences around the country. It is my pleasure to be the Chair of the National Coalition for Syrian Opposition and Revolutionary Forces at RTC 2013. I primarily chose the topic of this committee in order to inform people about the complex state of affairs that exists in Syria. Many of us have observed this civil war unfolding, but surprisingly few of us understand the complexities of the situation or the hurdles that the Syrian people face in the near future. I sincerely hope that each and every one of the delegates in this committee leave with a new appreciation for the genuine ongoing attempts for peace and justice in the Middle East. 

      This committee will be run in Specialized General Assembly format, otherwise known as a "Large Crisis". In this format, debate is conducted with full Parliamentary Procedure with limited crisis elements. The positions offered represent a wide selection of Syrian society and I expect that delegates will take every opportunity to utilize our crisis staff to guide the topic of debate. The committee will be primarily tasked with drawing up a new government in Syria. The members of the National Coalition must work together to form a regime that not only fairly represents the delegates present but also represents the interests of the Syrian people. While this process is ongoing, the committee will need to tackle obstacles such as International Aid Distribution, garnering International Recognition, and obtaining arms and ammunition to ensure the viability of a future Syria free from Assad and his Ba'ath Party.

      I expect that it goes without saying that I look forward to a very entertaining weekend of productive debate, good fun, and possibly the over-consumption of sandwiches. And
, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at br11j@my.fsu.edu.

Stay Classy,
Brooks Reed
Committee Chair