Anirudh “Ani” Suresh is a sophomore at Harvard interested in studying Mathematics, Statistics, or Applied Mathematics. Hailing from the great state of Texas, Ani has had a bevy of experiences that have inspired his interest in international diplomacy and policy, having lived in Malaysia as a representative of the U.S. Department of State and worked with international exchange students in the U.S. Along with years of high school debate and MUN, these experiences have led Ani to the WorldMUN scene as a natural extension to his passions of intercultural learning and international diplomacy. When he’s not busy considering such deep geopolitical questions as the status of contemporary international issues and which national team he should pick next in FIFA, Ani enjoys playing and watching basketball and soccer, spending hours on Wikipedia and TripAdvisor vicariously fulfilling his intense wanderlust, and whistling along loudly—much to the dismay of his roommates—to his Spotify playlists. Ani is pumped to chair SPECPOL at WorldMUN 2018 and can’t wait to meet and interact with the delegates!
Topic: Uncontacted Peoples
Much debate exists surrounding the rights, sovereignty, and position of groups like the Sentinelese and the tribes of New Guinea. Their issues and rights are directly linked to the sovereignty and power of several countries around the world, making this topic one that would be of interest to dozens of nations. In addition, this issue is hardly one that can be solved with a universal panacea, making debate and discussions about the intricacies and limitations of the issue and potential solutions deep and interesting in nature. My interest in this issue stems largely from my experience with indigenous populations— during my sophomore year studying abroad in Malaysia, I lived with a group of indigenous people called the Orang Asli in a local village untouched by much external influence. Though the Orang Asli were not uncontacted, their mostly unaffected lifestyle and culture interested me in the study of indigenous groups whose culture and way of life had been mostly or wholly unmarked by colonial and postcolonial societies.