eliza ennis '19 Leaders of la Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, Venezuela 2017

eliza ennis '19
Leaders of la Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, Venezuela 2017



Originally from Cedar Crest, New Mexico, Eliza is now a Junior at Harvard College studying Social Studies with a citation in Arabic. She is particularly interested in the implications of historical intervention on contemporary foreign affairs, as well as the politicization of religion and public health policy. Eliza is an active member in Harvard's Model UN community, both as a delegate and a staff member, currently serving as Under-Secretary-General for the Specialized Agencies for HMUN, Under-Secretary General for Committees for HMUN India, and a crisis director at HNMUN. As a director, she has led committees on topics ranging from the Safavid Empire to the Russian Revolution to the global mental health crisis. On the few weekends she is not at a Model UN conference, Eliza enjoys spending time outdoors, either paddling a river via kayak or trekking through the mountains. After such a fabulous time at WorldMUN 2017, Eliza cannot wait for next year's conference!

Topic: Venezuelan Crisis

It has been four years since the father of Venezuelan leftist populist politics, Hugo Chavez, passed away and Nicolas Maduro took his role as President of Venezuela. Since even before Maduro took office, the country has been suffering from an economic recession, with rampant inflation and shortages in basic supplies like medicine, milk, and toilet paper hitting the population hard. A drought has also impacted electricity access, as much of the country depends on hydroelectric power. In addition, Venezuela's role in OPEC means weakened control over oil prices. // Economic crises have been at the center of Venezuelan politics since before Chavez came to power. The growing fissure between socio-economic classes has influenced the Chavista/anti-Chavista divide, but more recently, Maduro's consolidation of power has set the political tone of the country. Criminal violence has been replaced by violent repression of anti-Maduro protests, and the people are calling for an end to Maduro's "dictatorship." All of these issues are at the forefront of what you will face as leaders of the opposition coalition, known as the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática. Beginning in 2017, you will have to determine your individual and coalitional response to all of these issues, using on the spot crisis-solving skills while also planning for Venezuela's future. Will democratic elections happen? Will protests and violence continue? What should the future of Venezuela look like?