Nada Attia is a sophomore in Currier House at Harvard, concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a potential secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She hails from Fargo, North Dakota, and is incredibly proud of her Midwestern(and Egyptian!) roots. If anyone wants to talk about how to say the word "bag" correctly, she is eager to teach! She also loves to sing, write, and travel. She is very excited to be in Panama for her first WorldMUN conference!
Topic: Suez Crisis
The Suez Crisis was prompted by a 1956 decision of America and France to not fund the construction of the Aswan High Dam, as the countries had initially promised to Egypt, in punishment for Egypt’s growing relations with the Communist Czechoslovakia and Soviet Union. The president of Egypt at the time, Gamal Abdel Nasser, decided to retaliate in July of 1956 to seize complete control of the Suez Canal from its British and French owners by declaring martial law in the canal zone, in order to use the profits to pay for the dam himself regardless of the approval of Western interests. There were attempts to negotiate between Egypt, and Britain and France, but those failed. In concern for the fate of petroleum shipments through the Suez Canal to the West under an Egypt-controlled canal, Britain and France proceeded to recruit Israel to invade Egypt, beginning the Suez Crisis. As members of Gamal Abdel Nasser’s cabinet in 1956, your job is to advance Egypt’s attempt to free itself from imperialism in the form of regaining control over the canal. This includes decisions on whether or not to negotiate with Britain and France, what level if any of military action to take in order to defend Egypt from Israel, and how to respond to Israel’s invasion. This committee is relevant because it showcases the perpetual struggle of not just Egypt but countries all over the world to develop independence from their colonizers, and its links to revolutions and rebellions later on in Egypt’s history(including the 2011 Egyptian Revolution).