MEET THE CHAIR
Balim Barutcu is a sophomore at Harvard College, thinking about studying History and Literature and Economics and all the other 48 concentrations Harvard has to offer. She was born in Reading, England and lived in Brighton until the tender age of 11.She has since lived in Istanbul and Singapore and is excited to experience the internationalism fostered by the WorldMUN community. Balim has been actively involved in Model UN since her freshman year of high school, has served as Director and Crisis Director for both of Harvard's Boston conferences, and is a traveling member of Harvard's competitive team. In her free time she enjoys fawning over poetry and drama while pretending she knows how to dance. More than anything, she looks forward to meeting all the delegates who share her passionate distaste for particular demagogues in current global affairs.
Topic: Resolution For Turkey
The current situation in Turkey is defined by social and political uncertainty. While the state and future of the country’s democracy has become increasingly concerning, internal conflict - be it in the form of violence or governmental vacillation - has characterised Turkish affairs for over a decade now. This committee – a coalition made up of members of the many opposition parties such as the CHP, MHP and HDP, along with Turkish intellectuals – will attempt to counter this internal conflict form behind the scenes – or rather, from underground
For the past 13 years, the AKP, or the Justice and Enlightenment Party (JEP), has been in power with R.T. Erdogan at the top, formerly as Prime Minister, and now as President. Some have regarded these 13 years regarded as successful for the JEP, especially given the economic improvements that have brought the country to a comparatively stronger position in the global arena than Turkey had previously enjoyed. Thanks to infrastructural developments implemented by the government, along with the relatively tangential influence the 2008 recession had in Turkey, a large portion of the public is seemingly satisfied.
Yet, the attacks in Ankara on the 10th October 2015 show that the JEP has much to address before stability can be achieved. Hostilities between the Turkish armed forces and the Kurdish militant group (the PKK) have escalated continually, bringing the situation to a climax in October 2015. Now, with the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the constant threat posed by the “Islamic State” on its hands, the government has even less capacity to focus on domestic issues. Furthermore, Eastern Turkey is pronouncedly behind Western Turkey in terms of the lack of education, and the near-civil war against the Kurdish inhibits any form of intervention. Of course, the rural population’s commitment to traditional conservatism has also been a factor that the JEP has taken advantage of in maintaining power.
So, suffice it to say, this committee will have much to talk about. And the goal? To protect the interests of the Turkish people.